2018 Château Angélus 1e Grand Cru Classé Saint-Emilion
Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal and her cousin Thierry Grenié-de Boüard represent the eighth generation of the Boüard de Laforest family, who manage Angélus. After Catherine Sophie de Boüard de Laforest in 1800 and Eugénie Chatenet and 1900, Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal is the third woman at the head of this domain, which she has seen grow. She is aware of the task entrusted to her in 2012 and of the responsibilities this entails. She represents the values that have guided her family throughout the history of this domain: integrity, work, humility and devotion to duty. Together with her cousin, she continues the work of their ancestors with the sole aim of defending the grandeur of Angélus and ensuring the perpetuation of this name, synonymous with excellence and timelessness.
The efforts of the passionate owner, Hubert de Boüard, to make the best wine in Bordeaux were rewarded in 2012 with the promotion of Ch Angelus to the super class A. Only four Saint-Emilions are allowed to carry this highest qualification, Cheval Blanc, Ausone , Pavie and Angelus.
The good ratio between lime and clay ensures an excellent water and mineral balance. The grape varieties are divided according to the soil type: merlots on the flanks (more clay) and cabernets francs on the sand-clay-limestone soils at the foot. The Angelus vineyard is located in a natural amphitheater on the south side and at the foot of Saint-Emilion, which increases the temperature in summer and accelerates the ripening of the grapes. The soil has natural drainage through the slope.
The style of this impressive wine is that of silk and velvet. Rich and delightfully concentrated. This cashmere texture full of spicy black forest fruit and truffle is so opulent that it takes your breath away according to the world's leading wine magazines. It needs no further explanation why this has become one of the most sought after wines in the world.
"This year we have a little less Cabernet Franc in the blend because we only use the oldest vines, planted by my grandfather, as a tribute," said Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal - Angelus' winemaker. The wine is made from 60 to 80 year old Cabernet Franc vines. "As of 2018, 10% of Angélus's total harvest is aged in large oak foudres. These produce tighter, more perfumed, brighter wines due to less exposure to oxygen," noted Stephanie. The Angélus 2018 is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc which has matured for 18-22 months in 100% new oak barriques plus two new foudres. In the glass, the Angélus 2018 is deep garnet purple in color. On the nose delicious red and black fruits such as raspberries, kirsch, warm plum and rose scents, building up in intensity to continue with chocolate covered cherries, raspberry coulis, black tea, wood smoke and cinnamon powder and then with some waltzes there is also a touch of black olives and charcuterie. Medium to full bodied on the palate. The palate delivers a wonderfully deep, multi-layered, seamless experience of red and black fruits intertwined with earth, spice and floral notes and framed by exquisitely ripe, satiny tannins, ending with astonishing freshness and length. Both Parker and Suckling lean towards the maximum score of 100 points and Parker ends his rating with: "Incredibly, finely, expertly, seamlessly knit. Stunning"
Michel de Boüard de Laforest, historian, chartist and rector of the Academy of Caen, researched the origins of his family. The earliest reference he found to his family tree was that of Georges Boüard, born in 1544, a Bourgeois and Jurat from the city of Bordeaux. At the end of the 18th century, in 1782, Jean de Boüard de Laforest, a bodyguard of the king, settled in Saint-Emilion. His daughter, Catherine Sophie de Boüard de Laforest, met Charles Souffrain de Lavergne in 1795 and settled on the Mazerat estate, which belonged to her husband. At the beginning of the 20th century, Maurice de Boüard de Laforest inherited the estate. He expanded it and the half kilo in 1920 with the name of a 3-hectare toe enclosure called Angélus. He left it to his sons in 1945. Jacques and Christian de Boüard de Laforest continue the work of their father and that of previous generations. The property was incorporated in 1954. They expanded it further until it exceeded 20 acres in 1985. At that time, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, son of Jacques, took over the management of the estate and was joined in 1987 by his cousin Jean-Bernard Grenié, son-in-law of Christian and later his daughter, Stéphanie de Boüard- Rivul in 2012.
The vineyard of Château Angélus is located in a natural amphitheater overlooking the three Saint-Emilion churches. In the middle of this special place, the sounds were amplified and the angel bells in the morning, afternoon and evening. They travel the working day in the rhythm in the surrounding villages and the men and women who take a few minutes to stop working and pray. The great French Impressionist painter Jean-François Millet immortalized this moment of prayer in his magnificent work "The Angelus", now on display at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
Less than a kilometer from the famous bell tower of Saint-Emilion, situated at the acclaimed 'foot of the hill' facing south, Angélus has been the life's work of eight generations of the Boüard de Laforest family. In the probable classification of Saint-Emilion wines in 1954, Château Angélus was a Grand Cru Classé. Already at that time it benefited from a solid reputation, which gave rise to the Bordeaux wine crisis of 1973 and participated in the oenological renewal of the 1980s. In this context, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, graduate oenologist at the University of Bordeaux, took advantage of past of this wonderful wine, while resolutely focusing on the future strategy and developing and pursuing an ambitious and innovative policy to achieve excellence in viticulture and making.
|Type of Wine
|Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Earthy, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard