2016 - Ch Angélus 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Angélus
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Case size
3x150cl
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2016 CH ANGÉLUS 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 3x150cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Angélus
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Case size
3x150cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £1,936.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2017,
    Score: 93-95

    Elevated to Grand Cru Classé A status in 2012, this château reigns as one of the kings of the appellation. This wine is a glossy, deep purple. The nose is brimming with spiced black fruits – damsons, blackberries, sloes. The palate is supported by tannic density and voluminous fruit, lifted by some fresh acidity. CP

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, January 2019,
    Score: 96

    The 2016 Angélus has a very well defined bouquet featuring blackberry, melted tar, pencil box and floral notes, though they are less pronounced than they were from barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins. This is well balanced with plenty of freshness and fine grip, and quite dense in the mouth compared to its peers. Notes of blackberry laced with sea salt and a touch of licorice govern the finish to this substantial Angélus, which will benefit from several years in bottle. Patience will be undoubtedly rewarded. 2025 - 2048

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2017,
    Score: 96-98

    The 2016 Angelus is a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc and 60% Merlot with much of the production zoning in on the more clayey soils that are ideal in a dry growing season like this. Picked from 4 to 21 October and matured entirely in new oak, it has a very intense bouquet with multilayered blackcurrant, blueberry and floral notes, very refined and precise, not unlike the 2010 in some ways, but I would argue this is more sophisticated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, symmetrical in terms of focus with just the right amount of sappiness on the saline finish. It is a superb Angelus from the de Boüard family, destined to give pleasure over many, many years. Once in bottle, I expect it to land towards the top of my banded scale. Drink Date 2026 - 2060

  • AG1

    Antonio Galloni, January 2019,
    Score: 98

    The 2016 Angélus is a total stunner. Despite its late bottling in September 2018, the 2016 is simply magnificent. Soaring aromatics and layers of bright, vibrant fruit are two of the main signatures in the 2016. The tannins, so often hard in young Angélus, are almost impossibly refined. Pomegranate, blood orange, raspberry jam, wild flowers and mocha are some of the many notes that race through the 2016. All the elements fall into place in a memorable, exquisite Saint-Émilion that is clearly one of the wines of the year. Don't miss it! 2024 - 2056

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2017,
    Score: 94-97+

    One of the more surprising wines of the vintage, the 2016 Angélus shows a level of finesse that has not exactly been the norm here in recent years. Persistent and energetic on the palate, the 2016 Angélus boasts tons of nuance, with plenty of detail in all of its elements. A closing burst of Cabernet Franc-inflected floral and spice overtones give the wine an exotic flair. The 2016 is a fabulous Angélus. It's as simple as that.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2017,
    Score: 99-100

    Incredible depth of fruit to this Angélus, which is dense yet also agile and energetic. There’s just so much dynamic fruit and tannin structure. Makes you want to taste and taste. What a young wine! We will see if 2016 is better than 2015. Both are great.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2017,
    Score: 18.5++

    The nose is incredible with stunning intensity and power. The palate is equally bullying but this time the oak takes over and this sours the palate. A very focussed wine, this is so youthful and with such a long way to run it is remarkable. A little too tough for me, but I can report it is in great balance for such a powerful wine.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2017,
    Score: 17++

    Strong balsam notes. Rather luscious fruit and lots of life and interest. Real vivacity. In this wine, in this stable, although it has a drying finish, the fruit is so overwhelming that it distracts from the drying finish. Well done in a distinctly modernist style. Though the finish is a little weak. Drink 2027-2042

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, May 2017,
    Score: 97

    Angélus is in a rich vein of form at the moment, with the quality of the wines living up to the ambitions of the owners. Dense, powerful and concentrated, with plum, damson and black fig flavours, some Asian spices, rich, scented oak and a long, refreshing finish. A wine to tuck away for a decade or more. 2028-40

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Producer

Château Angélus

Owned by the de Bouard de Laforest family for years, it is only since the mid 1980s that this château has truly hit its potential. Hubert de Bouard, with the assistance of consulting oenologist, Michel Rolland, is making some of the finest wines in St Emilion. The château is particularly notable for producing excellent wines even in challenging vintages which for many is the true testament of quality.

Region

St Emilion

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.