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  • Country ranking ?

    278
  • Producer ranking ?

    6
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

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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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The vineyard

Surface area :23.4 hectares (58 acres) in one single block

Situation :On the south-facing slope of Saint-Emilion, on the famous “pied de côte” (foot of the slope)

Soils :Clay-limestone in the high part, clay-sand-limestone on the hillside slopes.
Density of plantation :6,500 to 7,500 plants per hectare

Grape varieties :50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

Average age of the vines :30 years
Pruning technique :“Girondine”, leaving two canes

Vineyard management :Vines are grown in the traditional manner. Some of the rows are seeded with grass. Debudding,
then crop thinning in summer

Harvesting :100% by hand. The grapes are sorted on the vine and on three sorting tables at the cellar
De-stemming :100%
Annual crop yield :30 to 35 hectolitres per hectare

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This vintage benefitted from weather conditions that contributed to the production of perfectly ripe grapes. These wines are bright ink black. On the nose, the ripe fruit aromas are fresh, not jammy. Pure red cherries, raspberries, and blackberries. On the palate they display lovely concentration with substance, but are in no way heavy. Their silky tannins balance perfectly with their supple richness. These wines are powerful and concentrated, but velvet smooth and subtle too.

Harvest: 25th September to14th October
Blend: 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc
Drink: 2025 - 2045

If you've ever eaten really good British Christmas cake then you know what this lavish 2009 St.-Emilion smells and tastes like. Every bit as rich as it is polished with a long moderately dry finish packed with powdery tannins. Drink or hold.

  • 96p

Blended of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet colored 2009 Angélus sings of blackberry preserves, warm black cherries, stewed plums and dried herbs with hints of Chinese five spice, fragrant earth, truffles and new leather. Full, rich, spicy and decadent in the mouth, it has a plush, velvety texture and well-knit freshness, finishing very long with tons of spicy layers.

  • 99p

If you've ever eaten really good British Christmas cake then you know what this lavish 2009 St.-Emilion smells and tastes like. Every bit as rich as it is polished with a long moderately dry finish packed with powdery tannins. Drink or hold.

  • 96p
Chateau Angelus 2009 - A gorgeous wine still very young but already showing complexity with an enticing floral bouquet. Luscious mouthfeel with a long finish and well integrated tannins. 97 points
  • 97p
Again very deep, maybe not quite so bright. The nose is pure, not as broad, coffee, very little coming through compared to the 2010. The palate is exciting, there is already charm and seduction here – it will drink earlier. There is savouriness to complement the black fruits, with earthiness too. 94-96/100? 2020-2040+. (£2,400 3x1 IB)
  • 96p
Deep ruby. Fruit driven, dark berries, spices and exotic flowers. Rich palate, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, barrel notes are still a bit showy in the finish. Very long finish. Wait for ten years or more.
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St. Emilion, Bordeaux

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