Chateau Angelus has one of the most illustrious history in Bordeaux, despite only being established in 1782. The true birth of what we know of as Chateau Angelus began in 1909 when Maurice de Bouard de La Forest inherited the vineyard owned by his ancestor. In 1921, Maurice purchased a 3.5 hectare parcel of vines known as L’Angelus and the estate was born.
Angelus earned its name from a common everyday event - on a daily basis, the people working their Bordeaux vineyards heard the sound of the bells from three local churches. That sound inspired the now famous name of the chateau as well as the logo and the sculpture of the logo that appears in the backyard of the property.
The estate is still owned by that of the Bouard family and in the last few decades it has reviewed its winemaking practices to bring those in line with the quality of it’s terroir. Angelus is one of only two Chateau with St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe ‘A’ ranking Chateau (being promoted to this status in the 1996 re classification) illustrating how consistent and fantastic this wine is.
2022 Chateau Angelus
GBP 2148 IB per 6x75cl EP
The 2022 Château Angélus is made up of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc with a pH of 3.65. Deep garnet-purple colored, it prances out of the glass with flamboyant notes of red currant jelly, wild blueberries, cassis, and candied violets, followed by suggestions of jasmine tea, star anise, and crushed rocks. The full-bodied palate is impactful from first sip, yet slowly expands in the mouth, ultimately over-delivering on the nose's promise with layer upon layer of perfumed black and red fruits, supported by super fine-grained, silt-like tannins, finishing long and achingly shimmery.
98-100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent.
This estate's shift in the direction of gentler extraction and more reductive, less overtly oaky élevage continues, and this extreme vintage only underlines that. Fermented at cool temperatures (20 to 23 degrees Celsius), and with an increasing proportion of the wine's Cabernet Franc component matured in large wooden foudres, the 2022 Angélus wafts from the glass with deep aromas of dark berries and cherries mingled with hints of iris, licorice and pencil lead. Full-bodied, deep and seamless, with a layered core of cool, vibrant fruit, powdery tannins and a long, saline finish, it's a brilliant young wine in the making. The 2022 is a blend of 53% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.
96-98 points William Kelley, Wine Advocate
2021 Le Carillon d'Angelus
GBP 552 IB per 6x75cl EP
The deep garnet-purple colored 2022 Carillon d'Angelus is composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc with a pH of 3.65. Deep garnet-purple colored, it charges out of the gate with rambunctious notions of blueberry pie, plum preserves, and chargrill, followed by hints of cardamom, wood smoke and sassafras. The full-bodied palate is surprising, coming off a far more graceful and nuanced than the nose suggests with fragrant floral notes and beautifully plush tannins, finishing with great vibrancy and freshness. 2022 is an impressive step up for this label!
92-94 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
Unfurling in the glass with notions of raspberries, red plums, sweet soil tones and truffle, the 2022 Le Carillon d'Angélus is medium to full-bodied, fleshy and vibrant, with powdery tannins and a long, saline finish. As readers will remember, this bottling is no longer a "second wine" per se, but rather draws on some 25 hectares of dedicated vineyards, emphasizing Merlot from the cool terroirs of Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes, complemented by holdings in the gravelly Figeac sector and on clay soils near Angélus itself—with anything that doesn't make the cut relegated to the No. 3 d'Angélus.
91-93 points William Kelley, Wine Advocate
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