History and Background
Château Angélus has a rich history that dates back to the 18th century. The estate's name is inspired by the three Angelus bells from the chapel at Mazerat, the church in Saint-Émilion, and a nearby convent. These bells were audible from the vineyard, ringing at the "angelus" times of morning, midday, and evening.
The de Boüard de Laforest family has been associated with the Saint-Émilion wine trade for several centuries. In the early 20th century, Maurice de Boüard de Laforest consolidated the estate, and it has since been managed and expanded by successive generations of the family.
Vineyards and Terroir
Château Angélus boasts 42 hectares of vineyards situated in a natural amphitheater on the south-facing side of Saint-Émilion. The terroir is characterized by:
Soil: A mix of clay-limestone and clay-sand soil, which is particularly suited for Merlot, the dominant grape variety in the vineyard.
Topography: The slopes ensure optimal sun exposure and natural drainage.
Wine Style and Production
Château Angélus primarily produces a Grand Vin, which is a blend of Merlot (usually around 50% or more), Cabernet Franc, and a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is known for its Deep color and intense aromatics, rich, opulent fruit flavors balanced by a strong backbone of acidity and tannin. Great aging potential, with mature bottles showing complex tertiary aromas and flavors.
The estate also produces a second wine, Carillon d'Angélus, which is crafted with the same meticulous care but is generally more approachable in its youth.
Château Angélus is a Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) estate, a testament to its consistent quality and its esteemed position in the Saint-Émilion classification. Over the years, the wines of Angélus have garnered high scores from wine critics and are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts worldwide.
Under the stewardship of Hubert de Boüard de Laforest in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the estate underwent significant modernization and rose to even greater prominence in the wine world.
Château Angélus stands as a beacon of excellence in Bordeaux, representing the pinnacle of Saint-Émilion winemaking. Its wines, with their balance of power and elegance, serve as a benchmark for the region. For those passionate about Bordeaux wines, Château Angélus offers a profound and memorable tasting experience.