Château Angélus - Tempo d'Angélus 2019
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 and located at the esteemed "foot of the hill" where Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are grown in soils composed of sandstone, limestone and clay. Three Saint-Émilion churches overlook the vineyards, their bells tolling the angelus peal, or call to prayer, which is amplified throughout the vineyards of the Château, and give the estate its symbol and name.
Château Angélus is currently run by Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, and his daughter Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal. Hubert joined the family business in 1976 after concluding his studies at the Faculté d'Oenologie in Bordeaux, and Stéphanie, the eighth generation of the family and third woman, took over as Managing Director in 2012. Hubert and Stéphanie's techniques in the vineyard are at the cutting edge of modern viniculture, employing incredibly precise and labor-intensive methods to grow, and then select, the perfect grapes for each vintage. The devotion in the vineyard and cellar have resulted in Château Angélus attaining Premier Grand Cru Classé "A" status in 2012, joining Châteaux Pavie, Cheval Blanc and Ausone as the only Saint-Émilion estates to receive this distinction.
Tempo d'Angélus is a new wine created by Angélus President Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal. It is a wine made under the Bordeaux appellation and is meant to offer all the complexity, prestige and winemaking skill of the other Angélus labels, though more approachable while young: a top-quality wine, produced from the great Angélus terroirs and made with the expertise of its teams at an affordable price.
Produced exclusively from Angélus' vines in Castillon-la-Bataille, Saint-Magne-de-Castillon et à Sainte-Colombe, a few kilometers from Saint-Émilion, on clay-limestone slopes with high tuff rock and marl content. 2019 is the first vintage ever produced of Tempo d'Angélus. Clear ruby color with aromas of fresh red berries, cherries and oak. The palate is incredibly fresh and vibrant with soft tannins and incredible purity of fruit that lead into a finish kissed by the perfect amount of oak.