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.
After an early start to the growing season, the weather conditions in August and at the beginning of September brought about a slow ripening of the grapes, enhancing freshness in the wine and guaranteeing long ageing potential.
The harvest took place in sunshine from September 19th to 29th with particular attention being paid this year to the timing of the picking of each plot. The perfect health and ripeness of the grapes enabled great precision to be exercised in each stage of the work. The wines are dense with lovely fruit aromas and delicate toasted notes. They are powerful, harmonious and with very elegant freshness.