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Château Angélus

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Recognised the world over as one of the jewels of Saint- Emilion , Château Angélus translates the devotion of one family to exalt the essence of its terroir. The Angélus style is the marriage of bold grape varieties with an exceptional terroir. It has a unique character created on the south side of Saint-Emilion with a large ratio of Cabernet Franc which has been enjoyed... Read more

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A HISTORIC GROWTH ON AN EXCEPTIONAL TERROIR THAT IGNORES THE CLASSIFICATION OF BORDEAUX WINES

Spreading out over the coast and the foot of the southern coast of the Saint-Emilion AOC, the vineyard of Château Angélus covers more than 40 hectares. The vineyard is spread out in a single block around this famous château, owned by the de Boüard de Laforest family. Jean de Boüard de Laforest, the King's bodyguard, arrived in Saint-Emilion towards the end of the 18th century. His daughter, Catherine Sophie de Boüard de Laforest, settled in the Mazerat vineyard owned by her husband Charles Souffrain. At the beginning of the 20th century, this estate was bequeathed to Maurice Boüard de Laforest who later enlarged it by adding an enclosure called "l'Angélus". Passed down from generation to generation, the vineyard grew even larger over the years to finally produce only under the name of Château Angélus.

In 1954, Château Angélus was classified as a Grand Cru in the first Saint-Émilion classification.

An exceptional terroir, the know-how and the imprint of man on this terroir: everything comes together to produce vintage wines, some of which were produced in mythical years (1899, 1953, 1985, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2012, 2014, 2018). From 1987 onwards, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, at the head of the estate, and his cousin Jean-Hubert Grenié, considerably modernised this family business. Since 2012, the reins of the château have been entrusted to Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal, representing the eighth generation of the Boüard de Laforest family.

The Château has withdrawn its application for the 2022 Saint-Émilion classification. Despite this withdrawal, the estate continues its quest for excellence. The Boüard family continues to raise the profile of the appellation and of the great Bordeaux wines by producing timeless Fine Wines, reflecting their exceptional terroir and each vintage.

ORIGINALLY SAINT-ÉMILION PREMIER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ AOC

The largest wine-producing region in France, Bordeaux is also the region with the most different classifications. These classify the estates themselves, called "Châteaux" in Bordeaux, not the vineyards:

  • The Grands Crus of 1855 classification
  • The Graves classification
  • The Saint-Émilion classification
  • The Médoc Crus Bourgeois classification
  • The Crus Artisans classification

Concering only the Saint-Émilion Grand Cru appellation, the classification of Saint-Émilion is revised every ten years.

It includes different ranks, namely:

  • Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé
  • Premier Grand Cru classé A
  • Premier Grand Cru classé B

As for Château Angélus, as mentioned above, this family estate entered this classification of Bordeaux wines in 1954. In 1996, the château was elevated to the rank of Bordeaux Premier Grand Cru Classé B. In the 2012 classification, Château Angélus was elevated to the status of Premier Grand Cru Classé A. However, the estate has decided to withdraw its application for the 2022 classification.

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ANGÉLUS STYLE

Thanks to the combination of a bold grape variety, predominantly Cabernet Franc, and an exceptional terroir, exposed in a cirque, on a hillside and at the foot of a hill, the wines of Château Angélus have a unique style. The location of the vineyard in a natural amphitheatre allows a concentration of hot temperatures in summer and favours the precocity of the terroir. This terroir is also characterised by a soil naturally drained by the slope. The limestone and clay soils also favour a regular supply of water and minerals. These particularities of the Angélus terroir give wines that combine opulence, smoothness and density. These nectars are also known for their elegance and classiness.

To celebrate special occasions, Château Angélus has several different cuvées in its range:

  • Château Angélus: as each vintage is different, this wine develops aromatic purity and brilliant fruit aromas. Elegance, freshness and a lingering finish also characterise this wine.
  • Carillon d'Angélus: born with the 1987 vintage, this Saint-Émilion Grand Cru is characterised by the purity of its fruit aromas. This gourmet wine is also appreciated for its velvety tannins and its elegant finish.
  • N°3 d'Angélus: dominated by Merlot, this AOC Saint-Émilion wine is distinguished by its fruity notes, its finesse, its freshness and its roundness in the mouth.
  • Tempo d'Angélus: this wine reveals a very fruity nose (fresh red fruits) enhanced by light woody notes. The palate is incomparably fresh and reveals pure fruit, with a persistent finish on subtle woody and roasted notes.

The wines of Château Angélus generally go wonderfully well with dishes of character based on game or red meat such as a grilled rib of beef, a hare or pheasant terrine, or a guinea fowl. These wines also go well with dishes with woody notes such as a pan of ceps.

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