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CHÂTEAU ANGÉLUS

2013 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification 1er Grand Cru Classé

Structural and dense, with savoury ripe fruit, and with the acidity of the vintage too so that it feels a bit exaggerated and slightly hard work. Should round out with time and may be better than my note. Rating: 91 L&S (Apr 2014)

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On the other hand, the opaque purple-colored 2013 Angelus, a brilliant blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc harvested between September 9 and October 3 (only 60% of the production was utilized), possesses good acidity as well as pure blueberry, mulberry and black currant fruit intermixed with notions of licorice, Christmas fruitcake, underbrush and forest floor. With medium body and more texture than is found in most 2013s, it should drink well for 8-10 years. This vineyard is meticulously manicured and the wine is brilliantly made by Hubert de Bouard. 2014-2024 Rating: 90-93 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Aug 2014)

(62% merlot and 38% cabernet franc): Opaque dark ruby. Complex aromas of blueberry, mocha, underbrush and aromatic herbs. Sweet, fleshy, clean flavors of dark berries and chocolate-covered plums are complicated by oaky and peppery nuances at the back. This is a successful Angelus for the year--one that is less extracted than some recent monsters and benefited in overall balance because of it. Rating: 88-91 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website(May 2014)

The nose has a fragrant charm spring violets and there is a red fruited freshness. The palate has more depth a rich mix of black and red fruits supple and fleshy in the middle with at the back lots of powerful flavours. 2018-30. Rating: 90-95 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(May 2014)

A wine that justifies Angélus’ comparatively recent elevation to the summit of St Emilion, this is delightfully harmonious and polished, with 38% Cabernet Franc adding leafy perfume and a mineral core to the blend. You don’t taste the 100% new oak here. 2018-28 Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2014)

(62 Merlot, 38 Cabernet Franc) Dense and spicy with lovely fruit and fresh tannins, this is a superb, medium-weight wine with very well-judged balance. Terrific purity and superb lift of red fruit, this is a clever, long wine which is not too heady, just pure and focussed. The flavour lasted for minutes and the whole package reeks of class and determination. This is a fascinating Angélus with a welcome sleek frame and stunning depth of flavour. Rating: 18+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Apr 2014)

62% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc. Rich, fruitcake aromas. Plush and powerful. Tannins are rounded on the palate – drinkable but not quite ready. Impressive concentration and purity without being forceful. (RH) Drink 2018-2028. Rating: 17.5 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2014)

A little more Merlot than usual (68%). Mainly old-vine Cabernet Franc. Crimson hue. Expressive dark fruit nose. Lighter bodied but harmonious. Long and structured all the same. Drink: 2020-2030. Rating: 17.25 James Lawther MW, decanter.com(Apr 2014)

The Grand Vin, which this year contains only the old vine Cabernet Franc (representing 38% of the blend) has a conservative bouquet, without the thrills and spills of the 2009 or 2010 and it seems rather straight-laced and linear. That is not necessarily a bad thing: this is nicely focused and controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with fine acidity, impressive tension and focus with a pleasing sense harmony towards the finish. Whilst it is not a flamboyant Angelus, this is a classy Saint Emilion for drinking over the next decade. Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2014)

Sexy and elegant for the vintage. A blueberry, floral and citrus character on the nose and palate. Full body with an impressive density for the vintage and a pretty, bright finish. Excellent length. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2014)

Château Angélus

The name Angélus supposedly derives from that of a particular vineyard where devout winemakers could hear the Angélus bell tolling from all the town’s churches.

The estate was brought by the present owner’s great-grandfather, Comte Maurice de Boüard, in 1921. He also owned another property Château Mazerat, and after World War II his sons united the two estates under its present name.

The next generation took over in the form of the dynamic Hubert de Boüard, a graduate oenologist from Bordeaux university, in 1985. Hubert felt that the Château was underperforming, and he has worked hard since to re-energise the property, aided by his cousin Jean-Bernard Grenié. Their commitment and investment was rewarded in 1996, when the Château was promoted to a Premier Grand Cru Classé.

Hubert's daughter, Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal, joined the team in 2012, and his nephew, Thierry Grenié de Boüard in 2016. Together they represent the eighth generation of the family to run Angélus.

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