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2015 was a blessed, dreamt-of year, with favourable weather conditions from spring to harvest. Each step took place under ideal conditions: flowering was even, and then the necessary rainfall for the growth of the vines came before the very dry months of June and July. Véraison went like a wonder. The pips started to ripen very early. August, with some timely rains and mild temperatures, allowed the vine to develop well and for the grapes to ripen in a balanced way. The fine days and cool nights in September, accompanied by some showers, favoured the ripening of the tannins. 

The grapes were simply magnificent, a rare and sublime moment.  The perfect state of health in the vineyard and the superb weather conditions of early autumn allowed us to harvest magnificent grapes as and when we wanted... over nearly a month! 
The Merlot from Angélus were picked from September 22, ripe but not overripe, crisp, fruity with a lot of freshness. 
Cabernet Franc, a gem for Angélus, was also magnificent, and was picked from October 8. Here, even if it is not the dominant variety, it accounts for almost half of the area planted. It brings elegance, finesse and depth, with a silky note, and greatly contributes to enhancing this new vintage.

Harvest: 22nd September to 14th October

Blend: 62 % Merlot, 38 % Cabernet Franc

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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 2015

Since the mid 1980's, Angélus, under the dynamic leadership of Hubert de Bouard, has been one of the superstars of Saint Emilion, producing modern-style, deep, concentrated and ripe wines full of richness and fruit. In 2012 Angelus (along with Pavie) joined Ausone and Cheval Blanc in achieving first growth status. A fitting achievement for the hard work and consistent results here recently. The vineyard is planted 50:50 Cabernet Franc and Merlot but in 2015 the blend is 62% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple colour, with an inky viscosity. Aromatic and spicy on the nose with black cherry, blackberry and clove. Intense vanilla and cedar notes lift a ripe and intense nose. The palate is powerful, dense and concentrated with kirsch, cassis and menthol framed by mouthcoating, firm tannins. This is a full bodied style with superb complexity and length. Despite the underlying power and spicy oak there is a lifted freshness to retain a mineral edge to further elevate this impressive Angelus.

Score: 18 Farr Vintners, March 2016

The 2015 Angelus is a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc, picked from 22 September finishing on 14 October. "We found a nice homogeneity with the Merlot lots," I was told when I visited. "The old Cabernet Franc was very nice, but the younger vines were blended into the second label. This year, it is especially the Merlot that lends a lot of harmony to the wine. This year, the Merlot have some of the qualities of the Cabernet Franc, the precision and freshness. They give the generosity and sweetness." The wine was aged in 100% new oak at 11 degrees Celsius so they could add less sulfur to keep the freshness of the aromas and maintain the elegance of the wine. It offers a complex array of aromas such as black cherry, camphor, oyster shells and Japanese nori, beautifully defined and very focused. The palate is medium-bodied but powerful with layer of svelte tannins and a keen thread of acidity; layers of black fruit laced with spices, baking powder, mint and white pepper. It feels long in the mouth, insistently clinging for a minute after the wine has departed. Oh là là. This is a sexy, but compelling Angelus, fit for "007" and wine-lovers everywhere. Drink: 2025 - 2060

Score: 95/97 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

This shows the purity of Angelus. I have never tasted a wine from here with such incredible clarity. Full body, full fruit and full beauty. Super silky tannins. A joy to taste. Makes you want to drink it. 62% merlot and 38% cabernet franc.

Score: 99/100 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

In 2015, Angélus is 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc. It is also one of the most powerful, vertical wines of the vintage. A rush of sweet floral and spice notes appear first, before waves of intense, inky/purplish fruit take hold of all the senses. The tannins need time to soften, probably quite a bit of time, but there is no denying the wine's sheer beauty. I came back to the 2015 several hours later and found a wine that had blossomed beautifully with air. The 2015 will be magnificent once the tannins soften. Readers will have to be patient, as that is likely to take a decade-plus to happen.

Score: 94/96 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016

Power and depth on the nose the palate has black fruits cassis and black cherry backed by dark chocolate. Velvety smooth supple the tannins are fine the ripe fruit giving a sumptuous richness and although sweet and ripe at the back the finish is streamlined spicy and mineral. 2024-40

Score: 95/97 Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

Higher in alcohol than the 2014, but much more refined, this is a wine that’s made to last, showing plenty of oak and abundant fruit flavours supported by acidity and filigree tannins. Complex, spicy and aromatic, with lovely barrel integration and a poised, full-bodied finish. One of the best Angélus of recent years. Drink: 2022-35

Score: 96 Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

Extremely dark purplish crimson. Light nose but masses of sweet concentration on the palate. Nothing exaggerated. Just rather drying tannins on the end at the moment. Like Carillon d'Angélus, it has a slight bitterness on the finish but has clearly been made with no shortage of ambition. For the long term. Drink 2027-2040

Score: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016

Very deep and very dark, this wine seems to flirt with danger but it confidently manages to avoid any mishaps. The oak, alcohol and power are all impressive and the balance is true in spite of the dimensions. This is a very skilful balancing act eliciting vinous oohs and aahs from my palate. It would be a shame to drink this any earlier than 2035 such is the potential majesty here - it just has to lose a lot of tannin and excessive dry oak notes before you wield your corkscrew.

Score: 18.5+ Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016

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Wow! Very concentrated and ripened dark fruits. Sweet and opulent like a perfume. Elegant with velvet tannin. Very good integration with the body, tannin, acidity and the freshness from the wine. There were lots of feminine touch in the wine. Perhaps it's the effect from Stéphanie de Boüard, the 8th generation of the family. 2015 is her first production vintage for Angelus. This is my favourite Angelus since 2009 vintage onwards, a vintage can drink early and for sure be able to age. 98-99+
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Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Complex character with intense fruit in the nose, blackberries, mulberries, black cherries and hints of elderberries. Vanilla and hints of gingerbread spices, elegant roasting aroma. On the palate well structured with mature tannins balanced by succulent fruit, opulent character. Well balanced and wonderful.
  • 98p
Deep colour. Fresh dark berry ginger, herb aromas. Dark cherry, dark plum ginger, fine sweet fine tannins, savoury oak notes. Lovely vanilla finish with al dente, slightly grippy textures. Excellent wine with generosity and freshness. 96 points 
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Angelus Saint Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classe A - 62% Merlot 38% Cabernet Franc Very deep colour, lovely intense creamy nose, blueberry, pure and focused, cool fruit, plump big style coating the mouth with plenty of chalky tannins, pain grille, typical of the chateau, it carries well very long. Complex. This is quite extracted compared to some, but the plentiful tannins are very ripe. Reminds me of the brilliant 2005, but it might be even better. 95-98/100 2030-2050
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