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Spotlight on: Chateau Angélus

5 things you should know about this most renowned of Bordeaux based wines

Owned by the De Bouard family for many generations, Chateau Angelus remains one of St. Emilion appellations most coveted wines. Producing around 6,000 cases per year, it should be on the list of anyone serious about wine investment

  1. For whom the bell tolls...

Chateau Angelus earned its name from a common, everyday event. On a daily basis, the people working their Bordeaux vineyards heard the sound of the bells from three local churches. That sound inspired the now famous name of the chateau as well as the logo and the sculpture of the logo that appears in the backyard of the property.

  1. It’s a family affair...

Chateau Angelus is still owned by the De Bouard family. In fact, since 1989, Angelus is considered one of the top estates in the entire Right Bank appellation. Hubert de Bouard is currently in charge of managing the family property. Today, all the children participate in the running of the estate.

  1. Ageing like a fine wine….

The estate has old vines dating all the way back to 1918. While the oldest vines are Merlot, the estate has 10 hectares of Cabernet Franc that are more than 60 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from 7,000 to 8,000 plants per hectare. 

  1. Drinking well...

Chateau Angelus is much better with at least 12-15 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours, or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Angelus offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 12-35 years of age after the vintage.

  1. Cabernet franc trendsetters...

The vineyards are planted to 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. This shows a continuing increase in the amount of Cabernet Franc in the vineyard and of course in the final blend as well. As you would expect, the Merlot is planted in soils with more clay and limestone, while the Cabernet Franc is planted in the gravel, limestone and sand terroir. Chateau Angelus was one of the earliest proponents of Cabernet Franc in Saint Emilion.



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