|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Classification||1er Grand Cru Classé|
60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc. Like the Carillon, this is very dense and rich, but comes across as dryer - a coal-black fruit density. Pure, rich, black tannins and super-ripe fruit. Like the Carillon, it needs to develop more shape in the élevage, but the sheer concentration and purity are impressive. Drinking range: 2032 - 2050 Rating: 93-95 L&S (Apr 2017)
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The 2016 Angélus has an intense, powerful bouquet with copious black cherries, boysenberry, orange pith and iodine scents that threaten to overwhelm the senses. The medium-bodied palate offers supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity, a dash of black pepper and impressive detail and persistence on the finish. This is an outstanding Angélus that clearly requires several years in bottle to realize its full potential. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2025 - 2048 Rating: 97 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Aug 2020)
The 2016 Château Angélus is incredibly elegant and finesse-driven, with a soaring perfume of crème de cassis, white flowers, crayon, forest floor, and spice. Compared to the 1996 by the Angélus team, it has a deep, layered style, its oak is beautifully integrated, there are ample tannins, and despite leaning toward the finesse-driven side of the spectrum, it has thrilling depth of fruit and length. It’s a brilliant wine from this estate that will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for 30+ years or more. The blend of the 2016 is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, brought up all in new French oak. Drinking range: 2023 - 2053 Rating: 97 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Feb 2019)
This goes for the gusto, with a deep and broad swath of well-roasted tobacco, espresso and loam out front. The core of dark currant and fig fruit will have to catch up, but this red has the energy and juicy drive to eventually do so. When it melds fully, this will be a smoky, alluring, tobaccofueled wine. Drinking range: 2024 - 2040 Rating: 96 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Jan 2019)
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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