Chateau Angelus 2013

Bordeaux,St Emilion
Merlot,Cabernet Franc

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.- WA90-93+

Dark and loamy-edged, with a generous feel to the layers of warm fig paste, blackberry coulis and plum sauce, quickly followed by smoldering tobacco and bittersweet cocoa notes. The tarry spine imparts a muscular feel overall. Shows more power than purity, but pulls it off. - WS91

The Winery

Château Angélus is a Premier Grand Cru Classé A estate on south-facing slopes in Saint-Émilion on the right bank of the Gironde in Bordeaux. The château was so named because of the presence of church bells that could be heard chiming from the original plots of vineyards, amplified by the natural amphitheater the hill of Saint-Émilion creates.

The site that is now Château Angélus was added to the small estate of the de Boüard de Laforest family in 1920 and, by 1985, the estate had 20 hectares (50 acres) of vines. The current proprietor, Hubert de Boüard de Lafores, took over the company reins at this time and began to introduce more modern ways of doing things. He began to change the vineyards to work as sustainably as possible, something that was seen as out of the ordinary for a winemaker in Saint-Émilion at the time.

In 1996, Château Angélus, which had been classified as a Grand Cru Classé in the Saint-Émilion Classification of 1954, was promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classé. In 2012, the château was promoted once again to the top rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé A, joining only three others, Châteaux Ausone, Pavie and the famous Cheval Blanc.

The Château Angélus grand vin is made of a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and is aged in new oak for 18 months. It then spends at least five years in bottle before it is released, but can be aged for much longer. Angélus's concentration, weight and structure allows the wine to stand the test of time. Annual production amounts to around 100,000 bottles. The château's second wine, Le Carillon d'Angélus, was first made in 1987 and accounts for about 30 percent of the total production.

Hubert de Boüard de Laforest has increased his marketing campaigns to reintroduce the world to Château Angélus, especially after rising to the heights of Premier Grand Cru Classé A. It has become associated with the James Bond films, a 1982 vintage featuring in Casino Royale and a 2005 in Spectre. In 2016, de Boüard de Laforest's daughter Stéphanie bought her father's shares in the property, becoming sole owner. Her father remains as a co-director. - Information from Wine Searcher

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