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  • Country ranking ?

    358
  • Producer ranking ?

    10
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

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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.

 Chateau Angelus, which has been making wine in St-Emilion for almost 250 years, is still considered "new" for that appellation. It was founded by, and has always been run by, the de Bouard family. The name "Angelus" means the ringing of bells to commemorate a catholic devotion, and the workers in the Chateau Angelus vineyards can hear the bells ringing from three nearby churches...thus how the winery got its name. Although the quality of the wine has had some rough years, the quality of the terroir is one of the best in St-Emilion. And with some key education and talent emerging from the de Bouard family in the past 40 years, the winery is now realizing its potential and has rocketed to one of the top, most sought-after labels in the region. A blend of the merlot and cab franc, from perfectly balanced soils of limestone and clay, the real Cindarella story of Chateau Angelus in not the world class terroir or fruit, but of the winemaking practices that have been put in place over the past 40 years. Hubert de Boüard de Laforest joined the family business at Angélus in 1976 and proceeded to make several modernizing changes to the vinification that allows him more control over the quality. Under his management, and the consultancy of oenologist Michel Rolland, the estate has been consistently moving up in its classifications, eventually attaining Premier grand cru classe A in 2012. The style of Chateau Angelus is lush, dense and creamy, but also elegant, classy and pure with lots of freshness. There is a second wine, called Le Carillon d’Angélus, and a third wine, called No. 3 d’Angélus. You can see the bell, the Angelus, represented in the Chateau's label, cork, case and capsule markings, as well as in the elaborate sculpture that installed in the back of the main building. It makes it easy for you to imagine being transported to this majestic Bordeaux vineyard, hearing the bells ringing, smelling the sweet grapes, and feeling the sun warming you and the soil under your feet.

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Wine Information

2003 Château Angelus

After a hot, sunny summer, the earliest ripening Merlot was picked on September 9th while the last of the Cabernet Franc was brought in on October 3rd.
The yields were low. The grapes were fabulously rich with magnificent balances and in perfect health.
The wines show lovely red berry and black fruit aromas, subtle hints of roasted coffee beans with a freshness that comes through on the palate thanks in particular to the Cabernet Franc.
Silky tannins show through in a lovely balance between power and a velvety texture. A very long finish.
Ageing potential : up to 2020

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Tasting note

ending

Long, Round and Flavorful

flavors

Licorice, Coffee, Toasty, Smoky, Leather and Floral

nose

Youthful, Ripe and Seductive

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Round, Ripe, Dry and Sweet tannins

Verdict

Exotic

Written Notes

According to the Château, The picking stretched out from September the 14th to the 27th in weather conditions that allowed us to harvest wholly in accordance with the criteria of grape ripeness, sugar levels and acidity. The Merlot showed dazzling fruit characters, unctuosity and balance and was blended with Cabernet Franc that was slightly over-ripe. After a hot, sunny summer, the earliest ripening Merlot was picked on September 9th while the last of the Cabernet Franc was brought in on October 3rd. The yields were low. Perfect magnum. Dark, ruby colour. Very concentrated and intense nose with loads of ripe black fruits combined with chocolate, vanilla and toasty nuances. Opulent on the palate with richly structured. Intense fruit of ripe black cassis, satiny tannins and balancing acidity. Harmonious oak influence is detected with gentle spices and toastiness in the lingering chocolaty aftertaste. Drinking lovely already but will deliver much more in next ten to fifteen years.
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Origin

St. Emilion, Bordeaux

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