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.
2012 was an important year for Angélus: it won the status of Premier Grand Cru Classé “A”, and a member of the eighth generation of our family joined the estate’s Directorate, while 2012 was also the 230th anniversary of the Boüard de Laforest’s arrival in Saint-Emilion. The year also saw extension and improvement work done on the estate on a hitherto unequalled scale.
Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal decided therefore to highlight this vintage with new packaging - a unique bottle to celebrate an historic vintage.
With its black capsule bearing the Boüard de Laforest family crest, the 2012 bottle also replaced the traditional paper label with a raised gold inscription, which decorates the glass, providing its own sparkle, while emphasizing the Angélus bell.
The entire 2012 harvest is conditioned in these beautiful bottles, some of which are large formats ranging from magnums to melchiors (18 litres).
In its ambition to always match its enthusiasts’ trust by being increasingly demanding on quality, Angélus sought to thank them with this unique bottle.