This Premier Grand Cru Classé, Château Angélus, gets its name from the winegrowers who used to simultaneously hear the chimes of the three churches located in the heart of the famous medieval town, Saint-Émilion. This appellation's mythical estate was founded in 1782 and, for 8 generations, the de Boüard de Laforest family has looked after this exceptional heritage.
Château Angélus watches over a 27-hectare vineyard, the vines are 38 years of age on average and are located on Saint-Émilion’s south facing hillside. This terroir spreads over clay-limestone soils in the upper part and clay-sand-limestone soils on the hillside.
Looking back on the memories of a winegrower, we had never seen anything like this: 3 months of summer without any rain. With a beneficial rainfall in mid-September and the most remarkable Indian summer, the Château Angélus team harvested exceptionally ripe grapes from the 4th to the 21st of October.
Château Angélus 2016 comprises a blend of Merlot (60%) and Cabernet Franc (40%). This blend perfectly expresses the surprising and exceptional character of the vintage.
The colour is a beautiful, very dark inky colour.
The nose combines sensual and deep fragrances of Lebanese cedar and bitter orange peel with the illusion of freshness and a great tension. When aired, black fruit fragrances (blackberry and blueberry) with a mouth-watering brightness and purity are unveiled in a delicious way, but not excessively so. Breathing in this wine is like biting into a grape. At this stage, the bouquet offers a wide range of aromas. Without giving this wine a good decade to really open up, it is far from fully displaying its richness.
The attack is precise and dynamic with a meaty, velvety mid-palate on a refined and creamy tannic body. Well-balanced, this wine, with its impressive volume, is already very drinkable. With this superb combination, Château Angélus 2016 joins the category of exceptional wines which offer a great ageing potential.