The Château Angélus, in German Weingut Der Engel, is run as a family business in the next generation. Today's owner is the family of winemaker Hubert de Bouard. The history of the château is traced back to the local location of the winery. It is located in the immediate vicinity of three surrounding chapels - which, according to Catholic tradition, can be heard ringing three times a day throughout the winery and still has a major influence on the daily routine.
The Angelus bell on the wine label is the immediately recognizable trademark of the winery. The red wine itself has always been appreciated by wine lovers for its pleasant and fruity-charming style. The 2009 was rated as the best vintage with 99 Parker points. 96 to 100 PP are in the rating of the US wine critic Robert Parker for the rating "extraordinary".
Château Angélus - good wine and the highest quality from a famous growing region
At least since 2012, the Château Angélus has been one of the popular and well-known red wines from France. A special feature with a long-standing unique selling point was the classification Appellation-Saint-Émilion.
An explanatory sentence : In earlier decades and centuries in France, the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, in short AOC, was a protective seal for selected agricultural products - including wine. In the mid-2010s, the official AOC seal was replaced by the new EU-wide and therefore protected designation of origin - the classification as such was nevertheless continued.
The AOC seal of class A for the Château Angélus referred to the Saint-Émilion wine-growing region in the south-west of France - together with Pomerol the center of wine-growing in the Arrondissement Libourne, with the city of the same name as the administrative headquarters. Libourne is part of the Gironde department and, with around 10,000 km², is the second largest department in the country.
At the turn of the year 2021/2022, the owner and winemaker of Château Angélus withdrew from the AOC classification. The reason for this decision were differences about the classification. The owners of Châteaux Cheval Blanc and Ausone had previously decided to return their AOC certificate. Thus, Château Pavie is currently the only winery with Saint-Émilion status Premier Grand Cru Classé A.
This decision of the winery owner has absolutely no influence on the popularity and fame of the Château Angélus - on the contrary: the quality is more valuable than ever!
Cultivation area in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in France
The history of today's cultivation area goes back to the years of the Roman Empire. In 1999, Saint-Émilion was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. The distance to Bordeaux is about 40 kilometers and to Libourne less than ten kilometers. The region is now not only a wine-growing area, but also a popular destination for cultural and wine tourism in the south-west of the country.
Quality from Libourne - from winemaker De Bouard de Laforest
The château cultivates around 23 hectares of vineyards - with an average age of 30 plus X years of the individual vines. The planting is divided into the grape varieties Cabernet France, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Le Carillon de Angélus was introduced as a second wine. The average annual production is currently 10,000 cases and around a tenth of that for the second wine.
The winemaker De Bouard de Laforest is advised by Michel Rolland, an oenologist as a specialist in wine and cellar management Michel Rolland, which enables him to successfully combine elegance and aromatic finesse in the wine.