CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ESTATE & THE CUVÉE
Appellation: Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
Estate: Château Angélus
Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé A
Owner: Boüard de Laforest family
Area: 39 ha
Production: 100,000 bottles
Grape varieties: 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
ABOUT THE DOMAIN
For more than two centuries, Château Angélus has been a family story. From its acquisition by Jean de Boüard de Laforest in 1782, a member of the royal guard, to its current management by the eighth generation, this estate has seen its history and heritage passed down from generation to generation. The singular name “Angelus” comes from the fact that, from this precise location, the bells of three religious buildings could be heard ringing the Angelus. First classified as a Grand Cru in 1954, Angélus has evolved, particularly after the 1980s under the influence of Hubert de Boüard. His efforts in viticulture and winemaking have allowed Angélus to surpass many of his peers in Saint-Emilion. A recognition that culminated in 2012, when Angélus was elevated to the rank of Premier Cru Classé “A”, thus joining the illustrious Cheval Blanc, Ausone and Pavie. Hubert de Boüard, with his meticulous and innovative approach, introduced modern viticultural and oenological techniques such as aging in new oak barrels, fermentation in thermoregulated stainless steel vats and the absence of filtration during bottling. Today, the succession is ensured by Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal and Thierry Grenié-de Boüard, who perpetuate the tradition while bringing their modern touch.
ABOUT THE CUVÉE
Modernity is also expressed in the wine itself. Recent vintages of Angélus are marked by a deep color and concentration that was not present in earlier releases. These wines offer an explosion of aromas, with dominant notes of dark fruits, mocha coffee and toasted oak. But beyond these sensory characteristics, it is their aging potential that really impresses, testifying to the exceptional quality and structure of these wines. A cuvée which is enjoyed young for its exuberant fruitiness, but which can also age gracefully, revealing over time all its complexity and elegance.