Marks and reviews
Château Angélus is an emblematic wine, taking its name from the winegrowers who heard the bells of three churches in the heart of the famous medieval town of Saint-Émilion ringing simultaneously. This legendary property of the appellation was founded in 1782 and, for 8 generations, the de Boüard de Laforest family has overseen this exceptional heritage.
This Carillon d'Angélus 2022 is a Saint-Émilion wine from an 18-hectare vineyard whose plots are spread over clay, clay-sand-limestone and draining soils. The property is committed to the protection of its environment and is in the process of converting to organic farming. The vineyard is certified as a level 3 High Environmental Value vineyard.
Although the mild and dry winter favoured an early budding of the vines, it was marked by episodes of frost, which had no impact thanks to the rigorous management of the vineyard. The storms in the spring allowed the water reserves in the soil to be replenished. A rapid and even flowering preceded a qualitative grape setting, suggesting a great vintage. The hot and dry conditions of the summer had little impact on the vineyard, thanks to the important work of modulating the plant cover, limiting soil evaporation and preserving the coolness of the soil. The rainfall recorded during the summer and at the end of August was ideal for boosting ripeness. Harvesting began on 6 September with the Merlot grapes, and the Cabernet Franc grapes were harvested from 20 September.
The precision of the vineyard management and the resistance of the vines to hot and dry conditions are major assets in order to produce a delightful vintage of freshness, energy and tension.
Winemaking and ageing
Vinification was carried out in inverted truncated stainless steel vats, with vatting and extraction by gravity. A pre-fermentation maceration precedes alcoholic fermentation and then a post-fermentation maceration of 1 to 3 weeks. 50% of the wine was placed in barrels as soon as it was run off and 50% after malolactic fermentation. Aged for 16 months in barrels, 60% of which were new and 40% in one-wine barrels.
Cabernet franc (10%).
The wine has a shining, beautifully vivacious colour.
Precise and intense, the nose mingles fruity (fresh red fruit, little black fruit) fragrances, enhanced by delicate spice and floral notes characteristic of Cabernet Franc.
The palate delights with its great freshness. The finish is lingering, blending precision, tension and aromatic richness.