5 things to know about Château Angelus

by Mélissa Dameron
Château Angelus

1 – Château Angelus : a prestigious estate in Saint Emilion

Label of Château Angelus
label of Château Angelus

Château Angelus is a French wine estate located in the South of France. This estate produces Bordeaux wines with the Saint-Emilion appellation, and has been classified Premier Grand Cru Classé A in the Saint Emilion classification since 2012, (previously Premier Grand Cru Classé B in 1954). The Angelus vineyard is located in the heart of a natural amphitheater, dominated by the three churches of Saint Emilion. The grape varieties in the vineyards consist mainly of Merlot (50%) and Cabernet Franc (47%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (3%).

Since 1782, eight generations have succeeded one another. Indeed, from the beginning of the 20th century, it was Maurice de Boüard de Laforest who inherited Château Angelus. After purchasing three hectares of vineyard in 1920, which he named “Angelus”, he passed on the management of the estate to his two sons. Therefore, in 1945 Jacques and Christian Boüard de Laforest continued to perpetuate family traditions in the work of the vines within the estate.

In 1985, the property now had more than twenty hectares of vineyard. Efforts paid off for the two brothers, who never cease to highlight Château Angelus and advance its ascent. The same year, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest (son of Jacques) took over the management of the estate. He will be joined a few years later by Jean-Bernard Grenié and his daughter Stéphanie Boüard-Rivoal, in 2012, who is the third woman to head the management of Château Angelus since its creation. A highly renowned estate within its Saint-Emilion appellation, Château Angelus owes its success to the de Boüard family.

Since 2018, Château Angelus has initiated its conversion to sustainable cultivation (organic) which should be completed in 2023.

2 – Le Château Angelus au Musée d’Orsay

The bells of Château Angélus rang out every day in the morning, at noon and in the evening. These sounds of bells ring the hour of meditation for the peasants working in the fields near the estate. Jean-François Millet, famous French impressionist painter, made an oil paint on canvas representing this sacred moment. A man and a woman interrupting their potato harvest, leaving a fork and basket on the ground to pray. This religious act reminds us of the Angel’s greeting to Mary during the Annunciation. From then on, this prayer took the name “Angelus” and the bells became the symbol of Château Angelus. This work was entitled “The Angelus” and is currently on display at the Orsay Museum in Paris.

3 – The bell is a symbolic of Château Angelus

Present on the labels of Château Angelus bottles, the bell recalls the moments of contemplation of the eponymous prayer. It is also and above all the symbol of Château Angelus.

Even if it is touched up in gold and modernized behind its elegance, it expresses the values ​​of tradition and high standards, in the service of the reputation of Château Angélus, and embodies a real identity.

4 – Château Angelus produces a second wines

Carillon de l'Angelus second vin du Château

Like many Bordeaux estates, Angelus has the specificity of producing a second wine.

The second wine “Carillon de l’Angelus” was born with the 1987 vintage. It comes from different plots of the great wine, from younger vines. However, the second wine benefits from the same know-how that is brought to the great wine: Château Angelus.

In addition, Angelus also offers a third wine called “N°3 d’Angelus” and has been producing a new wine “Tempo d’Angelus” since 2018.

5 – The best vintages of Château Angelus

Like the other great Bordeaux châteaux, Angélus has had a few exceptional years. The best vintages of Château Angelus are undoubtedly: 1989, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2015.

Our selection

Château Angélus 1989

Robert Parker 96/100 – wine tasting in january 2003

« A great Angelus and one of the two or three best vintages made under the talented young Hubert de Bouard, this wine still has a youthful, saturated ruby/purple color and a sweet nose of melted licorice intermixed with creme de cassis, tapenade, cedar, spice box, and vanilla. Very full-bodied, opulent, and rich, it is one of the 1989s that justifies the lofty reputation of this vintage. » 

Château Angélus 2006

Robert Parker 95/100 – wine tasting in August 2015

« This is another sleeper of the vintage from Hubert de Boüard. The 2006 reminds me somewhat of the 2001, perhaps not quite as lush at this state, but underrated as a vintage at this property. Dense purple, with sweet boysenberry, blueberry and black-raspberry fruit, licorice, chocolate and a touch of barbecue smoke, a bit of graphite also makes an appearance in this full-bodied, opulent wine that seems to be maturing much like the 2001. Drink it over the next 20-25 years. »

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