Chateau Angelus 2018 tasting notes on futures and ratings “en primeur” by Ronald Rens, M.Sc., Wine Master, Bordeaux Expert
Angelus 2018 tasting notes and ratings
Chateau Angelus is a bit hidden just outside of Saint Emilion. It has been said that in the old days on this property you could hear the church bells of no less than three churches sounding the Angelus (a Roman Catholic prayer). And that is why the chateau is called Angelus. The tastings at Chateau Angelus are very professionally organized but still remain a family affair. Angelus is owned by one of Bordeaux’s oldest wine families, the family de Boüard de Laforest. It is the eighth generation that has started working here but it remains Hubert de Boüard de Laforest who makes the wine. Hubert told me that he will make 90.000 bottles of Angelus this year, which is a bit less than usual because of his severe selections in the Cabernet Franc. I tasted at Angélus with Hubert and co-owner, Jean Bernard Grenié.
Carillon d’Angelus 2018 (18,5 points)
[90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc]
Very deep intense color. The nose is rather discrete in this stage with some elegant red and black fruit. On the palate there are good fruit tones, mainly black fruit. Good tannic structure and a long finish. Well made.
Chateau Angelus 2018 (19,5+ points)
[65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc]
An intense ruby red color. Rather closed on the nose but with some fresh, precise fruit. On the palate this wine shows its class: great fruit expression and an amazing length. Beautiful pure, ripe fruit. The wine is simply beautiful with refined, velvety tannins and a good freshness that keep the fairly high alcohol (14,3%) in a perfect balance. The wood influence is there, but without being overwhelming. Yet another great Angelus.
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