2003 Château Angélus
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Beautiful aromas of ripe blackberry and raspberry aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long, long finish. Layered and delicious. Gorgeous. Best after 2010.
Kudos to proprietor Hubert Boüard, who has been making brilliant wines at this estate since the mid- to late-1980s. A blend of 58% Cabernet Franc and 42% Merlot, the beautiful 2003...reveals a perfumed nose of rose petals, blackberries, menthol, and cedar. This broad, sweet 2003's supple attack is followed by a tannic mid-section.
Named Angélus because the sound of bells, from three, different, nearby churches can all be heard in the vineyard at the same time, for eight generations the De Boüard de Laforest family have owned and run this Saint-Émilion estate. Today, Château Angélus is headed by Hubert de Boüard and his cousin Jean-Bernard Grenié.
In 1954, Château Angélus became a classed growth and, in 1996, it was further elevated from Grand Cru Classé to Premier Grand Cru Classé B.
Of all the Bordeaux appellations, Saint-Émilion has the greatest diversity of terroir. However, the majority of the vineyards are planted on soils with a high percentage of clay. This favours the growth of Merlot, which is then usually blended with Cabernet Franc instead of Cabernet Sauvignon, as it is on the Left Bank. Generous, flattering wines are produced here, providing accessible, often earlier-drinking selections.
As with most of the quality viticultural areas in Bordeaux, the vineyards of Saint-Émilion are classified according to quality. However, the classification system, unlike what is applied to the properties in the Médoc ...
Bordeaux is France's most celebrated wine region. With 120,000 hectares under vine and producing over 700 million bottles of wine per year, Bordeaux is not only the most illustrious area, it is also one of the largest wine producing regions on earth.
Although most Bordeaux wines are classified as table wines or Bordeaux Supérieur, the region is better known for being the source for some of the world’s most prestigious fine wines. These include the five distinguished First Growths: Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Margaux, Château Haut-Brion, and ...
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