2018 Chateau Angelus

Red Bordeaux Blend

France / Bordeaux / Libournais / Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

¥154,300
JD 100
RP 97
V 97
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Premier Grand Cru Classe A

2018 Chateau Angelus, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France

2018 – « LE PHÉNIX »

While the estate is totally committed to its ongoing conversion to organic-growing, the work in the vineyard up till mid-July was made particularly challenging by the weather conditions. However, by being constantly at the ready in the vines and uncompromisingly persistent in our work, and with close monitoring on a daily basis, we were able to successfully overcome these difficulties. Then, from July 15 on, exceptional anti-cyclonic conditions set in and continued right through to the end of the harvesting. As a result, a normal crop was produced in terms of quantity and above all a magnificent one in terms of quality. With wonderfully fresh Merlot, a selection of very old Cabernet Franc from clay-limestone soils and gentle extractions during the vinification, a truly great vintage of Château Angélus was made. A deep colour immediately catches the eye. Perfect aromatic purity mingling with black fruit notes offers great charm on the nose. On the palate, a touch of sweetness gives way to elegant tension with velvety, refined tannins. The alcohol (lower than in 2010) and the oak are perfectly integrated. The lingering finish is underpinned by the elegance of the Cabernet Franc and the purity of the fruit, intermixed with delicate hints of spice. To celebrate these moments in which nature takes an astonishing path, when linear time converges with the mythical “eternal return”, all the bottles of this vintage have been marked with the figure of the legendary bird that signifies eternity.

Harvest: September 24th to October 11th
Blend: 65 % Merlot, 35 % Cabernet Franc

JD 100

Jeb Dunnuck

I loved the 2018 Château Angélus from barrel last year and it blew me away from bottle, epitomizing the new, fresher, more elegant style of the estate while still bringing classic Angélus richness and power. The 2018 is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc that was brought up in new oak, with a portion of the Cabernet Franc in foudre. A vivid purple color is followed by a vibrant bouquet of blackberries, crème de cassis, crushed violets, spring flowers, and cedar pencil. Beautifully concentrated, full-bodied, and flawlessly balanced on the palate, it has gorgeous tannins, remarkable purity of fruit, and awesome length. I followed this bottle for multiple days and it only improved, picking up additional depth and richness, while never showing a hint of oxidation. Pure perfection, it's going to benefit from 7-8 years of bottle age and keep for 3-4 decades. This is a sensational, magical wine from this talented team, led by winemaker Emmanuelle d'Aligny-Fulchi. Comparing this to the more opulent 2005 and 2009 over the coming decades will be an incredible experience. Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Issue date: November 2021. Drinking window: 2028 - 2058.
RP 97

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

(Rating 97+) The 2018 Angélus is blended of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, aged mainly in oak barriques, 100% new, plus two new foudres. Deep garnet-purple in color, it struts flamboyantly out of the glass with stylish scents of black raspberries, boysenberries and Black Forest cake, plus nuances of rose oil, forest floor, dusty soil and cinnamon toast with a hint of cedar chest. The medium to full-bodied palate is carrying a little new oak at this youthful stage, framing the generous red and black fruits along with ripe, plush grape-skin tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and spicy. Give it 5-6 years in cellar for everything to marry, then drink it over the next 20+ years. Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue date: March 2021. Drinking window: 2026 - 2046.
V 97

Vinous

The 2018 Angélus is striking. Cabernet Franc aromatics make a strong first impression. Vibrant and delineated, the 2018 is incredibly refined in every way. The move towards a bit less extraction really seems to let the purity of the fruit come through. The same is true of a reduction of oak. All the elements come together so effortlessly. The 2018 has all the richness readers expect of Angélus, with much more finesse and more overall vibrancy, a combination that works so well.Reviewed by Antonio Galloni, Issue date: March 2021. Drinking window: 2028 - 2043.

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JD 100

Jeb Dunnuck

I loved the 2018 Château Angélus from barrel last year and it blew me away from bottle, epitomizing the new, fresher, more elegant style of the estate while still bringing classic Angélus richness and power. The 2018 is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc that was brought up in new oak, with a portion of the Cabernet Franc in foudre. A vivid purple color is followed by a vibrant bouquet of blackberries, crème de cassis, crushed violets, spring flowers, and cedar pencil. Beautifully concentrated, full-bodied, and flawlessly balanced on the palate, it has gorgeous tannins, remarkable purity of fruit, and awesome length. I followed this bottle for multiple days and it only improved, picking up additional depth and richness, while never showing a hint of oxidation. Pure perfection, it's going to benefit from 7-8 years of bottle age and keep for 3-4 decades. This is a sensational, magical wine from this talented team, led by winemaker Emmanuelle d'Aligny-Fulchi. Comparing this to the more opulent 2005 and 2009 over the coming decades will be an incredible experience. Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Issue date: November 2021. Drinking window: 2028 - 2058.
RP 97

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

(Rating 97+) The 2018 Angélus is blended of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, aged mainly in oak barriques, 100% new, plus two new foudres. Deep garnet-purple in color, it struts flamboyantly out of the glass with stylish scents of black raspberries, boysenberries and Black Forest cake, plus nuances of rose oil, forest floor, dusty soil and cinnamon toast with a hint of cedar chest. The medium to full-bodied palate is carrying a little new oak at this youthful stage, framing the generous red and black fruits along with ripe, plush grape-skin tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and spicy. Give it 5-6 years in cellar for everything to marry, then drink it over the next 20+ years. Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue date: March 2021. Drinking window: 2026 - 2046.
V 97

Vinous

The 2018 Angélus is striking. Cabernet Franc aromatics make a strong first impression. Vibrant and delineated, the 2018 is incredibly refined in every way. The move towards a bit less extraction really seems to let the purity of the fruit come through. The same is true of a reduction of oak. All the elements come together so effortlessly. The 2018 has all the richness readers expect of Angélus, with much more finesse and more overall vibrancy, a combination that works so well.Reviewed by Antonio Galloni, Issue date: March 2021. Drinking window: 2028 - 2043.

2018 Chateau Angelus, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France

2018 – « LE PHÉNIX »

While the estate is totally committed to its ongoing conversion to organic-growing, the work in the vineyard up till mid-July was made particularly challenging by the weather conditions. However, by being constantly at the ready in the vines and uncompromisingly persistent in our work, and with close monitoring on a daily basis, we were able to successfully overcome these difficulties. Then, from July 15 on, exceptional anti-cyclonic conditions set in and continued right through to the end of the harvesting. As a result, a normal crop was produced in terms of quantity and above all a magnificent one in terms of quality. With wonderfully fresh Merlot, a selection of very old Cabernet Franc from clay-limestone soils and gentle extractions during the vinification, a truly great vintage of Château Angélus was made. A deep colour immediately catches the eye. Perfect aromatic purity mingling with black fruit notes offers great charm on the nose. On the palate, a touch of sweetness gives way to elegant tension with velvety, refined tannins. The alcohol (lower than in 2010) and the oak are perfectly integrated. The lingering finish is underpinned by the elegance of the Cabernet Franc and the purity of the fruit, intermixed with delicate hints of spice. To celebrate these moments in which nature takes an astonishing path, when linear time converges with the mythical “eternal return”, all the bottles of this vintage have been marked with the figure of the legendary bird that signifies eternity.

Harvest: September 24th to October 11th
Blend: 65 % Merlot, 35 % Cabernet Franc

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