2019 Château Angélus, 1er Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion

2019 Château Angélus, 1er Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion

Stéphanie de Bouard and her father, Hubert, have huge ambitions for Château Angélus, and this Grand Cru Classé (A) property gets better every year. Currently undergoing conversion to organics, and using foudres for ⅓ of the Cabernet Franc in the blend, the use of 40% Cabernet Franc brings precision and focus. It seems silly to say that a wine like Angélus is one to watch, but it does feel like this estate will go from strength to strength.

Critic score
97.75/100 info
From a client
6 available
From a client
1 available

Wine details

  • Region & country
    Saint-Emilion, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    60% Merlot
    40% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Young 2026 - 2048info
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV

Tasting notes

A supremely elegant Angélus full of power. Here the quality of the fruit and the depth of plum, damson, black cherry and cassis is evident, along with tension, freshness - a slow melding of flavour through the palate with concentration and depth. Liquorice root and baked earth come in from the mid palate and this has the feeling of a being a serious wine that is going to go the distance. The exuberance and confidence of Angelus comes as it opens, with the flavours and texture fattening up. The wine will be aged for one year 30hl new oak casks, and then go into barrel but without new oak for the last 10 months. The low pH means maybe a little less fleshy than usual with Angélus, certainly less so than the 2018. This gets better and better in the glass, strongly recommend giving this time. 3.6pH.

Jane Anson, Decanter (June 2020)

An extremely refined and sharpened Angelus with super fine tannins and sweet ripe fruit in the center palate. It’s full-bodied, yet tight and so very polished. Silky. Very subtle. Bright blue fruit, black fruit and stones. Supple and minerally. 60% merlot and 40% cabernet franc.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2020)

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