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Château Angélus 2016
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe A
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The Château Angelus and its famous carillon overlooking the surrounding vineyards is an unmissable reference of the Rive droite of Bordeaux. The history of Château Angelus is intimately linked to its geographical location, due to the fact that it was the only place around the village of Saint-Emilion where you could hear the sound of the angelus (The Angelus in the singular, Christian prayer of the Catholic Church of the West) of three surrounding churches: the chapel of Mazerat, the church of Saint-Martin and the church of Saint-Emilion.
In 1782, Jean de Boüard de Laforest settled in Saint-Emilion, and his daughter Sophie settled on the vineyard of Mazerat, belonging to Charles Souffrain, whom she married in 1795. The de Boüard de Laforest family will always be at the head of Domaine, and it is Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, an oenologist by training, who will contribute to its great reputation from 1985 onwards, by introducing innovative practices. His daughter Stéphanie joined the adventure in 2012, representing the eighth generation. The passionate driving of Château Angelus year after year is thus above all a family story.
The Château Angelus will be named Grand Cru Classé when the Saint-Emilion classification was created in 1955, due to the great reputation it already enjoyed at the time. In 2012, it will reach the top by obtaining the title of Premier Grand Cru Classé "A", distinction until the 2021 vintage included. At the beginning of 2022, Domaine will choose to withdraw from the ranking, the next edition of which was to be formalized in September of the same year. Thus, from the 2022 vintage, the label of Château Angelus will mention only the Saint-Emilion appellation Grand Cru.
The Château Angélus is based on a 27-hectare vineyard, planted on hillsides with clay soils as well as on hillside feet with clay-limestone soils. The grape varieties are 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are aged for 18 to 22 months in French oak barrels.
The property produces a Second wine, Carillon d'Angélus, vinified in an outdoor winery at Château, which is entirely dedicated to it.
The Château Angélus is renowned for its complex, structured and particularly elegant wines, whose refinement is matched only by the family passion through which they were born.
Description Château Angélus 2016.
A Grand Cru Classé A Saint Emilion, born in 2016 under a torrid and dry summer, happily calmed down by intermittent showers of rain in September.
Despite these difficulties, the Cellar Master, temporary holder of the immense talents of previous generations, was able to create a great vintage with countless qualities.
The color is dark garnet with black jade reflections
In the first attack, the wine offers on the nose aromas of small black fruits such as blackcurrant, blueberry or blackberry mixed with touches of cedar wood from Lebanon, dark chocolate, woody vanilla spices.
The palate, ample in entry, is very balanced, silky on the flavors of jammy black fruits and woody vanilla spices. The tannins are very present and tight.
Great wine, it ages and improves in the cellar away from light and noise, bottles lying down with an optimal humidity level of around 70%. Successive tastings will allow us to measure its qualitative evolution and its peak. To decant a few hours before serving.