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  • Country ranking ?

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  • Producer ranking ?

    10
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

The Story

Château Angelus is one of the largest and most prestigious St-Emilion estates and was promoted to1er grand cru classé status in the 1996 St-Emilion reclassification. Since 2012 ranked Premier grand cru classé (A) in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine. Passionately managed for over four generations, Angelus is owned and run by two cousins, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, andJean-Bernard Grenie and is located in the centre-west of the St-Emilion appellation, due west of St-Emilion town.

Angelus's vineyards, 57.8 acres, situated less than a kilometer away from the famous St Emilion steeple, enjoys a perfect southerly-exposed slope - Cabernet Franc (which makes up 48% of the blend) is grown at the bottom of the slope, where the soil is sandier and warmer, while the Merlot(50% of the blend) is grown in the limestone-rich clay soils at the top of the slope. The wine is matured in 100% new oak for 18 months. Rich, concentrated and complex, Angelus needs at least five years of bottle age before it should be approached.

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Vintage 1961

1961 was to become the decade’s and one of the century’s most adored vintages of Bordeaux red wines

Despite a frost in March, the growing season started on time and well. The frost combined with weak pollination caused by poor weather reduced the crop volume significantly.  July’s rains gave way to drier weather in August, and September bathed Bordeaux in beautiful sunshine. The grapes were small, thick-skinned and extremely concentrated, much as they were in 1928 and 1945. However, unlike these earlier vintages, the vineyard now had at its disposal new technologies and equipment, which made it possible for the wines to be produced with greater subtlety, thus avoiding such problems as excessive tannicity. On the whole, excellent wines, both red and white, were produced in Bordeaux. Even though the vintage was a red, very good dry whites and Sauternes were also produced. The reds are eminently drinkable right now, although the Château Latour vintage will just get better with age.  Most of the 1961 vintage's good wines shared an uncommon elegance and balance, not to mention a massive rise in price in recent years. The finest wines should be decanted for at least 2-3 hours before drinking. This is also one of those rare years, during which wholesaler bottling is almost qualitatively on a par with vineyard bottling, even if the price points are not.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Medium, Ruby red and Bright

ending

Long, Flavorful and Lingering

flavors

Toasty, Tobacco, Mineral, New-oak, Herbs and Cassis

nose

Intense, Complex and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Perfectly balanced, Concentrated, Complex, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Focused, Vivid and Refined

Verdict

Sophisticated and Impressive

Written Notes

Gorgeous douplemagnum. Level was bottom-neck. This wine was served in a s boat while sailing, so there was no opportunity to decant wine, but bottle was opened no less than five hours before dinner. Excellent dark, vivid colour. Intense nose, deep fruits melting in hints of truffle, dark berry and exotic spices. Full and very rich, Port-like wine. Good acidity. Slow developing, full of ripe fruit and creamy texture. Lovely sweetness of soft tannins. Not a bit astringent. Long lasting and splendid finish.
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Origin

St-Emilion, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Extraordinary

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

1h

Drinking temperature

16

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Angelus 1961  ( Château Angelus )

"Gorgeous douplemagnum. Level was bottom-neck. This wine was served in a s boat while sailing, so there was no opportunity to decant wine, but bottle was opened no less than five hours before dinner. Excellent dark, vivid colour. Intense nose, deep fruits melting in hints of truffle, dark berry and exotic spices. Full and very rich, Port-like wine. Good acidity. Slow developing, full of ripe fruit and creamy texture. Lovely sweetness of soft tannins. Not a bit astringent. Long lasting and splendid finish."

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