This will be one of the outstanding bargains of the vintage. A huge success for Ben Sichel and his team. A delicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and 11% of his father Peter’s favourite variety, Petit Verdot, which provides a density and drive to this lovely wine. Great balance between gracefulness and concentration, a lovely example of Margaux and the pleasures of Claret at affordable prices.
Dark blackish crimson. Heady, sweet, almost black-cherry aromas which are very unusual in 2014. At first I’m more aware of acidity than tannin on the palate. It’s a strange mixture of almost forced sweetness plus a little sourness on the finish. Not beautifully integrated or balanced - yet. But there is energy and will here. Drink 2024-2038
Open-knit, with damson plum, black tea, savory and iron notes allied to a relatively modest structure.
Wonderful depth of fruit and density to this young wine with fine tannins and juicy fruit. Full body and a long finish.
Good meaty, even slightly leathery cassis fruit – typical richness, deep flavours, length and balance from this estate. Always a good wine. Drink: 2018-2028
(56 Cabernet Sauvignon, 33 Merlot, 11 Petit Verdot) Yields were healthy at 45 hl/ha. | 40% new oak. You have to hand it to Angludet. For the last few tricky vintages they managed to tirez le lapin du chapeau, so to speak. Now, in this impressive vintage, they have ramped up the drama a few notches and delivered a superb lesson in control, reward and (inevitably) value. This is an approachable, friendly, balanced, flattering wine with juicy, round black fruit, wonderful ripeness on the mid-palate and a refreshing, uplifting finish. Cultured and classy, this is one of the must-buys of the vintage.
Ch d'Angludet is located in the southwest corner of Margaux close to Giscours and du Tertre and wasfor many years the home of the late Peter Sichel (Bordeaux merchant extraordinaire). He invested heavily in the vineyards and his painstaking work enabled d'Angludet to surpass its more famous neighbours on many occasions.