CHATEAU ANGELUS 1er Grand Cru Classe A 2020 Wooden Case x 3 Bottles - PRE-RELEASE
Red Still Wine | France | Bordeaux | Saint-Émilion | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Full Bodied
Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Franc
We are very pleased to announce the start of the highly anticipated 2020 Bordeaux En-Primeur campaign, one which promises to be as exciting as it is different in our new post-brexit, mid-covid world.
Not having had the chance to travel to Bordeaux to taste we are very reliant on several key factors namely; pedigree, reputation, consistency and critics and the critics seem to like it.
Chateau Angelus has one of the longer histories in the St. Emilion appellation. The de Bouard family have an even longer history in the region. In fact, the de Bouard family has been in Bordeaux for more than 700 years. They arrived in St. Emilion in 1782. That was the year when Georges de Bouard began purchasing vineyard land in the Saint Emilion area.
Skipping ahead a few hundred years, Catherine de Bouard de Laforest began living at a St. Emilion property known as Chateau Mazerat at the close of the 18th century.
The true birth of what we know of as Chateau Angelus begins in 1909 when Maurice de Bouard de La Forest inherited the vineyard owned by his ancestor. In 1921, Maurice de Bouard de La Forest purchased a 3.5 hectare parcel of vines known as L’Angelus and the estate was born.
The addition of 13 hectares of prime vineyard land acquired by Maurice de Bouard de La Forest from the Gruchy family, that also owned Chateau Laroze, they were becoming a sizable vineyard which they renamed Clos de L’Angelus. They soon added a 3 hectare parcel from what would soon become Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot.
Chateau Angelus takes its name from a common, everyday event. On a daily basis, the people working their vineyards heard sounds of 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.
JAMES SUCKLING 98-99 points
"This is wonderfully refined and balanced with such pretty depth. Full-bodied and so polished and pure. Subtle at first, then it takes off and keeps coming. Sophisticated. 60% merlot and 40% cabernet franc."
JANCIS ROBINSON 18 points
"Drink: 2028 - 2045 - 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Deep purple-black colour. As in 2019 the power inherent but an extra edge of refinement. Ripe but aromatically engaging with floral, dark-fruit and chocolate notes. Beautiful texture with depth of fruit and the tannins velvety and fresh providing solid structure and drive on the finish. Classic Angélus with a little more precision and polish."
DECANTER 97 points
Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)
"Supple damson fruits, I love the aromatics on this and the striking fruits. Silky in texture, balanced and elegant, there are big tannins that slowly but surely creep up on you through the palate. This is a sleek, poised, and confidently-constructed Angélus, with depth to the olive, chocolate, cassis body and a crushed mint leaf kiss on the finish. As often with this vintage it is not an exuberant hug, it is more about discreet power and gorgeous stealing-up of flavours and textures giving depth and subtle power. 3.62pH, aged in large sized oak cass and oak barrels. A yield of 37hl/ha. Drinking Window 2028 - 2048."
Disclaimer: To purchase one case (3 bottles) of Angelus you must also purchase one case (6 bottles) of Carillon d'Angelus.