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Château Angélus 2020

Price: $460.00

Producer Château Angélus
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Subregion Saint-Émilion
Varietal Merlot Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 2020
Sku 010806
ABV 14.50%

99 Points - James Suckling

The earliest references to the Boüard de Laforest family, proprietors of Château Angélus, can be found in Saint-Émilion in 1544. The estate was bequeathed to Comte Maurice de Boüard de Laforest in 1909, and expansions in 1926 and 1969 have brought the current property to just over 27 hectares. The vineyards are situated in a natural amphitheater with a southerly exposure, where Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are grown in soils composed of sandstone, limestone and clay. The three Saint-Émilion churches overlook the vineyards, their angelus bells tolling throughout the working day in the vineyards and surrounding villages, while also providing inspiration for the estate's name.

Château Angélus is currently managed by Hubert de Boüard de Laforest. Hubert joined the family business in 1976 after concluding his studies at the Faculté d'Oenologie in Bordeaux under the tutelage of Émile Peynaud, the forefather of modern oenology. Hubert employs radical viticulture, such as crop-thinning, shoot-positioning and immensely labor-intensive manual destemming. These methods, along with a severe grape selection process, have resulted in Château Angélus attaining Premier Grand Cru Classé A status in 2012, joining Pavie, Cheval Blanc and Ausore as one of only four Saint-Émilion estates to receive this distinction.

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