When the Château Angélus philosophy of excellence is applied to a selection of different Saint-Emilion terroirs, No. 3 d’Angélus is the result. This is an easy-going, attractive wine, which gives its all when very young and can yet benefit from being kept for five to eight years.
Colour: Medium to deep garnet-purple
Aroma: It leaps from the glass with bold, pure black fruits — fresh plums, blackberries and boysenberries — with hints of cloves, iron ore and kirsch.
Palate: Medium-bodied, lively and softly textured, with beautifully bright, uncomplicated fruit, it finishes with lovely harmony. (WA)
Grape Varieties: 85% Merlot & 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: Fifty percent is being aged in stainless steel.
Awards: 92pts – James Suckling; 88pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
History of Chateau Angelus
Less than a kilometre from the famous Saint-Emilion 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-Emilion 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. 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.
In the most recent revision of the appellation’s classification, in 2012, Angélus was awarded the highest possible rank of Premier Cru Class A, alongside Cheval Blanc, Ausone and Pavie.