“Perhaps the best deal for Chateau Angelus in the marketplace today. Plush, polished, sensuous and richly textured, the fruit is ripe, sweet and shows both its black and red sides. Full bodied, with depth and concentration, this is already showing well, and is only going to get better from here.”The vineyards of Chateau Angelus cover 39 hectares. 27 of those hectares are classified with First Growth status. A great terroir is more complex than you might think. It is not just the land, the earth, its natural capacity to drain away water and retain humidity – limestone or clay – the proportion of different elements in it that make it warm or cold soil, rich or poor ground, well-balanced or lacking. It is also the way it is exposed at the head of a valley, on a slope or at the foot of a hill, which creates little places that can be absolutely outstanding.
The vineyard at Angélus grows in a natural amphitheatre on a south-facing slope of Saint-Emilion and at its foot, where the summer temperatures are concentrated and where growth starts earlier. The soil is naturally drained by the slope. A good distribution of limestone and clay 8- to 20% proportion provides a regular supply of water and minerals. The vines’ rootstocks are ideally suited to this terroir and the vine varieties are distributed according to the soil types: Merlot on the hill, where there is more clay and Cabernet Franc on the sandy clay-limestone soils at the foot of the hill.
All these special characteristics contribute to the Angelus style:
lush, dense and creamy because of the early onset of growth thanks to its terroir, but also elegant, classy and pure with lots of freshness,
thanks to the large proportion of Cabernet Franc (47% of the vines), and to the perfectly balanced distribution of limestone and clay in its soils.
||Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Service||Decant for a few hours and serve at 18°C/60°F|
|Terroir & Vineyard
|Appellation||St Emilion , Bordeaux|
THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: One of the wines of the vintage, the wine is soft, round and silky, with ample concentration. The nose displays truffle, blackberry, plum, licorice, chocolate and earth. The wine was made from a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc. Tasted Nov, 2014
WINEDOCTOR by Chris Kissak: Château Angélus (St Emilion) 2004: Dark, spicy, concentrated fruit character on the nose, smoky, with very fine fruit definition. The palate has an elegant poise which takes me by surprise, as despite the evident fruit concentration the middle here feels defined, correct and sharp. The fruit still has some primary features, and the structure seems confident but correct. I love the smoky, concentrated aromatics too. Great structure. An excellent wine for the vintage. (March 2014)