Chateau Angelus 2019
1 or more bottles$950.00
Neal Martin96-98 points
The Wine Advoca97-99 points
James Suckling98-99 points
The Premier Cru Classe Chateau Angelus takes its name from the three church bells of the town of Saint-Emilion whose tolling has always been audible from the estate’s vineyards. This legendary property was founded in 1782 and, for 8 generations, the family de Boüard de Laforest has carefully guarded its exceptional legacy.
60% Merlot & 40 % Cabernet Franc
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- Red Fruits
- Red Meat
Critic Scores & reviews
"The 2019 Angélus has a sophisticated bouquet with extraordinarily pure blackberry, raspberry, inkwell and crushed iris petals scents, like the Carillon but HD in terms of its clarity. The palate is beautifully defined on the entry, the Cabernet component steering it towards say, Figeac or Cheval Blanc stylistically. It already feels very harmonious, the satin-like texture is supported by real substance and grip on the finish, perhaps more density than some of its peers. This is an outstanding Angélus, one likely to surpass the 2016, a wine that will give 30-40 years of pleasure, maybe more. 2026 - 2060."
The Wine Advocate97-99
"Composed of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, the 2019 Angélus was harvested from the 13th of September until the 4th of October. Deep garnet-purple colored, it sashays out of the glass with gregarious scents of Morello cherries, lilacs, chocolate box and potpourri with a core of Black Forest cake, blueberry crumble, fragrant soil and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the intensity on the palate builds from delicate, beguiling nuances with ethereal weight to a full-on fireworks display of flavor sparks, framed by fantastic freshness and very finely pixilated tannins, finishing long, layered and invigorating."
"An extremely refined and sharpened Angelus with super fine tannins and sweet ripe fruit in the center palate. It’s full-bodied, yet tight and so very polished. Silky. Very subtle. Bright blue fruit, black fruit and stones. Supple and minerally. 60% merlot and 40% cabernet franc."
"A supremely elegant Angélus full of power. Here the quality of the fruit and the depth of plum, damson, black cherry and cassis is evident, along with tension, freshness - a slow melding of flavour through the palate with concentration and depth. Liquorice root and baked earth come in from the mid palate and this has the feeling of a being a serious wine that is going to go the distance. The exuberance and confidence of Angelus comes as it opens, with the flavours and texture fattening up. The wine will be aged for one year 30hl new oak casks, and then go into barrel but without new oak for the last 10 months. The low pH means maybe a little less fleshy than usual with Angélus, certainly less so than the 2018. This gets better and better in the glass, strongly recommend giving this time. 3.6pH. Drinking Window 2027 - 2044"
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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.
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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.