2020 - Ch Angélus 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Angélus
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2026 - 2053
Case size
6x75cl
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2020 CH ANGÉLUS 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Angélus
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2026 - 2053
Case size
6x75cl
Available Later
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Case price £1,524.00
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 95-97

    The 2020 Angélus was given 30–40 minutes to open. It has a very intense nose of multilayered blackberry, blueberry and wild strawberry scents, crushed violet and hints of iodine. It is quintessential Angélus in many ways, sleek and smooth, harmonious and seductive. Those qualities also come through on the palate. This is framed by fine tannins, the Cabernet components coming through strongly on the midpalate. Quite ferrous in some ways, allspice and subtle minty notes lending complexity toward the finish. It is not quite as persistent as the recently tasted 2018 from bottle, but it comes across a little more chiseled and intellectual. Drink 2027 - 2055

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, May 2021,
    Score: 98-100

    The 2020 Angélus has an opaque purple-black color, pulling you in with a captivating perfume of kirsch, Black Forest cake, ripe plums, violets and molten licorice, followed by wafts of underbrush, raspberry leaves and graphite, plus a hint of clove oil. The medium to full-bodied palate already offers beautiful balance and expression at this nascent stage, featuring bright, crunchy red and black fruits with remarkable energy and tension. Its amazingly plush, silken texture carries all these shimmering flavors to a very long and fragrant finish. This jaw-dropping expression of 2020 is simply stunning. Drink 2027-2062

  • DC

    Decanter, May 2021,
    Score: 97

    Supple damson fruits, I love the aromatics on this and the striking fruits. Silky in texture, balanced and elegant, there are big tannins that slowly but surely creep up on you through the palate. This is a sleek, poised, and confidently-constructed Angélus, with depth to the olive, chocolate, cassis body and a crushed mint leaf kiss on the finish. As often with this vintage it is not an exuberant hug, it is more about discreet power and gorgeous stealing-up of flavours and textures giving depth and subtle power. 3.62pH, aged in large sized oak cass and oak barrels. A yield of 37hl/ha. Drink 2028-2048 (JA)

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
    Score: 96-98

    The 2020 Angélus is shaping up to be tremendous. Bright and punchy, with terrific energy, the 2020 is more linear and focused than any recent vintages I can remember tasting. Crushed red berry fruit, iron, smoke, mint, chalk and dried herbs all build in the glass. In 2020, Angélus is less flashy than it can be. That is a very good thing, for those who can wait. Harvest took place between September 18 to 30. One of the major evolutions here in recent years has been the use of foudres to age the Cabernet Franc. Half of the Franc is now raised in large format oak, and that seems to bringing added freshness to the Grand Vin. Drink 2025 - 2060

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2021,
    Score: 93-95

    60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc A healthy production in 2020 and Angelus’s signature for high class Cabernet Franc is very much alive in this fine wine. Brilliant purple colour, a complex balance between deep currant fruit flavours with a gentle touch of fresh red berries. Entering the palate, the initial impression is one of elegant refinement and then the feeling of weight and power unfolds as the density of fruit builds to give a long and very full finish.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2021,
    Score: 98-99

    This is wonderfully refined and balanced with such pretty depth. Full-bodied and so polished and pure. Subtle at first, then it takes off and keeps coming. Sophisticated. 60% merlot and 40% cabernet franc.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 98-100

    Dark in color, the wine explodes with blackberry liqueur, plums, smoke, licorice, Asian spice, cherry blossoms, violets and truffles. The wine is full-bodied, rich, dense and intense, with layers of opulent, cashmere textured fruits. As good as that is, it's the mid-palate and finish, with its non-stop waves of silky, sensuous fruits that build, expands and intensifies, leaving you with a beautiful purity of fruit-infused with spicy chocolate. The endnotes linger for close to 60 seconds. Give this a decade or so of age and it should be a mind-blowing tasting experience. The wine blends 60% Merlot with 40% Cabernet Franc,14.5% ABV, 3.65 pH. The wine is aging in 100% new, French oak, however, 40% of the Cabernet Franc is aged in foudres, allowing the oak to almost finish integrating into the wine on release. Harvesting took place, September 12-September 30. 98-100

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, May 2021,
    Score: 18

    Deep purple-black colour. As in 2019 the power inherent but an extra edge of refinement. Ripe but aromatically engaging with floral, dark-fruit and chocolate notes. Beautiful texture with depth of fruit and the tannins velvety and fresh providing solid structure and drive on the finish. Classic Angélus with a little more precision and polish. (JL) Drink 2028 – 2045

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
    Score: 95-97+

    I loved the 2020 Château Angélus, which has the fresh, pure, incredible style favored by the estate today yet still has beautiful concentration and depth. Lots of ripe black cherries, mulberries, and cassis as well as violets, white flowers, tobacco, and dark chocolate define the bouquet, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a seamless, incredibly elegant mouthfeel, flawless tannins, and a great finish. While I don't think it's going to match the magical 2018, it's not far off and is unquestionably a gorgeous wine.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2021,
    Score: 19+

    It is rare to find such pressure on a Grand Vin to perform as there has been on Angélus in 2020. This pressure is both from within the operation, from the owners, winemakers and viticultural team who have been doing everything possible to raise this wine’s game further, but it has also come from Carillon and No3, its own family because they are so downright delicious in this vintage. And when there is pressure, wines often tense up, becoming self-conscious, self-critical and reticent. Not so Angélus, because this is one of the most polished performances of the vintage. While the Merlot was looking great in the vineyard it was clear that Cabernet Franc was missing something and so they waited an extra three or four days and it became perfect. With a degree or so less alcohol in the Cabernet Franc part of the blend, it was critical to allow this variety to reach its full aromatic potential in 2020. The tannins are ripe here and the flavour is profoundly deep and resonant. While Merlot provides the depth, Cabernet Franc, some of which was matured in large 30HL foudres to lessen the oak contact, has brought the magic in the form of spice, sensitivity, freshness and energy. There is a vital acid thread here which keeps everything in check and it brings amazing refinement to the whole wine.

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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.