|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Classification||1er Grand Cru Classé|
More oak evident than on the Carillon, but a greater weight of fruit too, with even finer tannins which have greater intensity. There's huge extract here, but it's all handled very well, with a freshness despite the all the thickness and black density - a cool soy concentration, and very long. There's no doubt that it's a style, nor that there is a mass of tannin, but the total effect is of a wine which will take it's time but seems in overall balance. Rating: 93-94 L&S (Apr 2016)
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A great wine with superb concentration and richness. yet it's ever so agile and polished. Spices, blueberries, cinnamon and dried flowers. Full body and polished and full tannins. Great length. The refinement to the tannins is amazing. Compacted. Essence-like. Needs five or six years to open. Drinking range: 2025 - Rating: 99 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Feb 2018)
Higher in alcohol than the 2014, but much more refined, this is a wine that’s made to last, showing plenty of oak and abundant fruit flavours supported by acidity and filigree tannins. Complex, spicy and aromatic, with lovely barrel integration and a poised, full-bodied finish. One of the best Angélus of recent years. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 96 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2016)
62% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc. First year Stéphanie de Boüard was in charge with father Hubert at her side. Extremely dark purplish crimson. Light nose but masses of sweet concentration on the palate. Nothing exaggerated. Just rather drying tannins on the end at the moment. Like Carillon d'Angélus, it has a slight bitterness on the finish but has clearly been made with no shortage of ambition. For the long term. Drinking range: 2027 - 2040 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2016)
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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