Saint–Émilion – Premier Grand Cru Classé “A”
The de Boüard de Laforest, can trace their history in Bordeaux back to 1544. Their family’s ownership of Angelus dates to 1782 and continues today.
Less than a kilometre from the famous Saint–Émilion bell tower, situated on the much-vaunted south-facing “foot of the hill”, Angélus has been the life work of eight generations of the Boüard de Laforest family.
In the first-ever classification of Saint–Émilion wines in 1954, Château Angélus was a Grand Cru Classé. Already at the time, it benefited from a solid reputation, which helped it survive the Bordeaux wine crisis of 1973 and take part in the oenological renewal of the 1980’s. This was the context in which Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, a graduate oenologist from Bordeaux University, took advantage of this marvellous wine’s illustrious past, while being resolutely turned towards the future and launched and continued to implement an ambitious, innovative policy in favour of achieving excellence in wine growing and making.
The estate is over 100 acres with 67 planted to 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon.
93 Points – The Wine Advocate, Robert M. Parker Jr. (August 2015)
58% Merlot – 42% Cabernet Franc
“A strong effort in this under-appreciated vintage that sold for a song, the
2008 Angelus is still young and vibrant, with a dense purple color and a sweet
kiss of chocolate-infused blackberries and black currants. There are some floral
notes, as well as forest floor and lead pencil nuances. Medium to full-bodied with
ripe tannin and outstanding equilibrium and purity, this is another beauty from
a much more challenging vintage. Drink now through 2030.”