2020 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 in 1900, Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal is the third woman in charge of this domain, which she has seen grow. She is aware of the task entrusted to her in 2012 and of the responsibilities that this entails. She represents the values that have guided her family in the history of this domain: integrity, work, humility and a sense of duty. Together with her cousin, she continues the work of their ancestors with the sole purpose of defending the grandeur of Angélus and ensuring that this name, synonymous with excellence and timelessness, lives on.
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 superclass 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 type of soil: 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 advances the ripening of the grapes. The soil has natural drainage due to 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 luscious "it takes your breath away" according to leading wine magazines in the world. It needs no further explanation why this has become one of the most sought after wines in the world.
The Château Angélus 1e Grand Cru Classé Saint-Emilion is an extremely refined and sharpened Angelus with superfine tannins and sweet ripe fruit in the central palate. It's full, yet sleek and so polished. Silky smooth. Very subtle. Bright blue fruit, black fruit and seeds. Supple and mineral. 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc.
The wine displays a brilliant, dense, very dark, almost black color with dark purple tones, mirroring the perfect ripeness of the grapes and their optimal pH level. The nose exhibits intense aromas of juicy black fruits, such as wild cherries and blackberries. Elegant floral notes then come through, such as peony and violets. Refined tannins underpin a long-lasting, spherical, voluptuous structure on the palate, while the flavors linger long, bringing a sensation of freshness and harmony. This vintage displays a seldom-achieved degree of elegance, while the highest levels of purity and precision are reached with this blend of extraordinary Merlot and characterful Cabernet Franc.
Harvest: 15th to 30th September
Blend: 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc
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||Red|
|Grape||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot|
|Drinking as of||2027|
|James Suckling rating||99|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard|