The St- Emilion estate of Chateau Angelus sits in a natural depression, surrounded by hills topped with three churches. The sound of the angelus bells at each of the churches is amplified by the geography of the location. Historically, these bells would call the laborers in the vineyards to prayer three times a day.
The estate which would become Chateau Angelus was founded in 1782 by Jean de Bouard de Laforest and has passed through eight generations of his family, currently commanded by Stephanie de Bouard-Rivoal. She, like her ancestors, is committed to the future of the estate, through excellence.
In the first classification of Saint Emilion in 1954, Chateau Angelus was named a Grand Cru Classe, but has since been promotated to the highest classification, Premier Grand Cru Classe A.
62% Merlot 38% Cabernet Franc. Very deep colour, lovely intense creamy nose, blueberry, pure and focussed, cool fruit, plump big style coating the mouth with plenty of chalky tannins, pain grille, typical of the chateau, it carries well very long. Complex. This is quite extracted compared to some, but the plentiful tannins are very ripe. Reminds me of the brilliant 2005, but it might be even better.
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.
"The 2015 Angelus is a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc, picked from 22 September finishing on 14 October. ""We found a nice homogeneity with the Merlot lots,"" I was told when I visited. ""The old Cabernet Franc was very nice, but the younger vines were blended into the second label. This year, it is especially the Merlot that lends a lot of harmony to the wine. This year, the Merlot have some of the qualities of the Cabernet Franc, the precision and freshness. They give the generosity and sweetness."" The wine was aged in 100% new oak at 11 degrees Celsius so they could add less sulfur to keep the freshness of the aromas and maintain the elegance of the wine. It offers a complex array of aromas such as black cherry, camphor, oyster shells and Japanese nori, beautifully defined and very focused. The palate is medium-bodied but powerful with layer of svelte tannins and a keen thread of acidity, layers of black fruit laced with spices, baking powder, mint and white pepper. It feels long in the mouth, insistently clinging for a minute after the wine has departed. Oh là là. This is a sexy, but compelling Angelus, fit for ""007"" and wine-lovers everywhere."
62% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc. Rich and brooding on the nose with a hint of spicy fragrance. Powerful tannic frame but the tannins are fine and polished. Great depth and structure. Suave texture for such a big wine. Balancing freshness on the finish. Will need time.
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