From the vineyards at Chateau Angelus, one can hear the smiling, Angelus bells of three surrounding churches, and since 1985, it certainly seems like someone, or something, has been smiling down on this magnificent terroir. Incidentally, 1985 is also the year that Hubert de Bouard de Laforest took over the family business. Hubert, who studied with Emile Peynaud at Bordeaux
, stepped in and took the place by storm, replacing old vats in the cellar, adding new wood to the barrels and climatizing the entire operation; a little help from Michel Rolland and Chateau Angelus was on its way up.
Its 23.4 hectare vineyard, just west of St. Emilion, is planted to 50% Merlot
, 47% Cabernet Franc
and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
. The south facing slopes help the grapes attain full ripeness, contributing to the intensity of the wine, which is as extroverted as Bordeaux gets. Saturated dark ruby color, considerable power and richness and huge but ripe tannins characterize the Grand Vin, while the second wine, Carillon d'Angelus, is a medium bodied blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc in equal parts.
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Bordeaux is the planet's largest source of fine wine, the model for Cabernet Sauvignon- and Merlot-based wines around the globe. Bordeaux wines are considered by many wine connoisseurs to be the world's greatest reds.
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