Chateau Angelus, Saint Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe A 2018
This vintage has a very pure, elegant nose. The attack is clear, and the wine progressively gets bigger, reaching a very sophisticated balance between the magnificent quality of the tannins, substance, tension and freshness. There is 50% Cabernet Franc in the blend, which elevates the elegance of the wine’s tannic structure and makes the finish complex and long.
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We wrote last year that Stephanie de Bouard was trying to take Angelus in a new direction, one of purity and finesse. The 2016 seemed to deliver on that promise; it was vibrant, sleek and juicy. The 2017 was less convincing, and the 2018 has proved utterly divisive. To some it was bright, fragrant and mouth-watering, with notes of strawberries, tayberries and a refined saline finish, to others it was dark and mineral, with lots of cocoa and dried cherry notes. Firm and structured, but lacking joy. We’re as divided as our politicians… It is clearly not the roaring success of 2016, but there is material here. Hubert has a great track record, so it would be surprising if this didn’t win us over in time. 54% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. All 42 hectares of Angelus are now 100% organic. The grand vin hails from the 27 hectares classified premier grand cru classé A.
WINE TASTING NOTES
“The 2018 Angélus was picked from 24 September until 11 October and for the first time is aged in two new foudres (one more on the way) which are designed to limit the impact of wood and oxygen ingress. These are currently being used for the Cabernet Franc, then after a year, the juice is transferred into used oak barrel. Deep in colour, it has a dense bouquet with high-toned black cherry and cassis fruit, touches of dark chocolate and sandalwood. It feels a little unsettling although it has just been racked. The palate is medium-bodied with soft and supple tannins, rounded in the mouth with touches of sea salt and black pepper. It is an intense rather than powerful Angélus. There is a drive towards more elegance at the estate, though perhaps the warmth of the second part of the growing season did not allow them to fully realize this. Still, it is a very fine Angélus that will age with style. Drink 2023-2048.
Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019