Chateau Angelus 2017

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CAME201710 UCAU
The 2017 Angélus was bottled later than many Right Bank wines, in fact just 10 days prior to my visit in late September '19. Proprietor Hubert de Böuard reminded me that there is less Cabernet Franc in the blend (30%) due to the frost, the estate electing to use the first generation fruit from their historical parcels. It has a very pure bouquet that is totally different from the Deuxième Vin, as you would expect, with scents of black cherries, wild strawberry, cassis and black truffle. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. The 100% new oak is nicely integrated into the black fruit laced with chestnut, tobacco, bay leaf and clove. There is decent body to this Angélus. It feels a little tight and constricted towards the finish, but I appreciate the contribution of the Cabernet Franc. It will age with style.
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  • One of the most collectible wines in the world
  • 97 Points James Suckling
  • 97 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine
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    $950.00
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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Cassis
    • Plum
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cherry
    • Plum
    • Redcurrant

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Suckling

    97
    "This is so pure and aromatic with a level of complexity and refinement for the vintage that few have. Sweet tobacco, flowers, herbs and stone with underlying richness of fruit. It opens on the palate to a full body that is tight and reserved with an extremely focused tannin mouth feel. Length and excitement at the end. Very polished Angélus."
  • Wine Enthusiast

    97
    "Big tannins and powerful fruit go together in this finely perfumed wine. It has a smoky backdrop, with intense fruits and juicy acidity. It is so fruity and juicy now, though the tension behind the fruit suggests that it will mature quickly and then be at its peak for many years."
  • Jeb Dunnuck

    97
    "One of the darkest colored wines in the vintage is the 2017 Angélus. Its final blend is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, which includes more Cabernet Franc than usual. It's a polished, elegant, layered wine that has beautiful notes of crème de cassis, spice, graphite, and minerality. It has medium to full-bodied richness, fine, silky tannin, beautiful purity and more elegance and charm than normal. I suspect it will put on weight with time in barrel and have two decades or more of longevity."

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Locations

France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux produces some of the most highly sought after and revered wines in the world. Located close to the coast, in the south-west of France the town and is divided by the Gironde River. Wines to the west of the river are referred to as left bank, and are Cabernet dominant. To the East of the river, on the right bank Merlot is the dominant grape variety. Throughout the 57 appellations, over 10,000 wine-making châteaux grow the red grapes; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. These are commonly blended and collectively referred to as clarets. Smaller amounts of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc is also grown in Bordeaux.

In 1855, due to the high export demands of Bordeaux wines, Emporer Napoleon III requested an official Bordeaux classification system, based on market costs of the wines at the time. The Chateaux were classified in to five ‘growths’ from first growth to fifth growth and cru Bourgois. Also in 1855 The Sauternes and Barsac classification covered the sweeter wines, with Chateau d’Yquem the only Superior First Growth, followed by Premiers Crus and Deux Deuxièmes Crus.

Saint-Emilion

Saint-Émilion is a historic, World Heritage-listed red-wine-only appellation on the right bank of the Gironde river in Bordeaux, France. A bit inland from the Atlantic Ocean, the maritime influence is not as pronounced here as it is in other sections of Bordeaux but still factors in to this cool, humid region. It’s well-suited to growing early-ripening grapes. The primary grape variety is Merlot, followed by Cabernet Franc; some châteaux also grow small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon. Wine styles can vary widely – from simple wines made for drinking in their youth to premium Grand Cru Classé – depending on location and winemaking techniques. The best expressions generally have intense, concentrated aromas and flavours of red and black plums, along with vanilla and clove notes from new oak. They are usually full-bodied, with high alcohol content and often high acidity and high tannins. They have great ageing potential, and bottle ageing will soften tannins over time. Saint-Émilion also boasts its own classification system for Premier Grand Cru Classé and Grand Cru Classé wines – a system that goes under review every 10 years.

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About the brand Chateau Angelus

Château Angélus is a historic, family-owned winery specialising in Premier Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux. The winery sits on the Right Bank of the Bordeaux wine region, in the commune of Saint-Émilion in the department Gironde. The producer takes its name from the Angélus bells of nearby churches in Saint-Emilion, Mazerat, and Saint-Martin. The Angélus style is the result of bold decisions on vine varieties as well as outstanding terroir. Here, the grapes – a large portion of which are Cabernet Franc – grow on amphitheatre-like south-facing slopes and the foot of these slopes, where summer temperatures are concentrated and growth starts earlier. Soils comprise enough clay and limestone to offer up a steady supply of minerals and water; plus, the slopes help with soil drainage. This terroir suits the vines’ rootstocks, and the grapegrowers distribute vine varieties according to soil type: Merlot on the hill, where there is more clay, and Cabernet Franc on the sandy clay-limestone soils at the foot of the hill. At Angélus, Cabernet Franc has always been popular, with vines reaching their peak at 20 years old. However, Angélus achieves its most spectacular results with fruit from low-yielding vines older than 40 years.

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