Taking its name from a catholic prayer and its traditional bell ringing call, Château Angélus occupies an enviable location to the west of Saint-Émilion village, within sight - and more significantly - sound, of three churches. It was on the ringing of these church bells - in the morning, at noon and in the evening - that the vine workers and villagers would historically set aside a moment to say a prayer of devotion.
Blessed with a sunny, south-facing aspect, gentle slopes and a good distribution of limestone and clay soils, Château Angélus’ terroir provides perfect conditions for viticulture; indeed the work carried out for centuries on these sacred soils tells its own story of devotion - one of a dedication to the land and to expressing its unique character through the production of exceptional wines.
As is typical of producers in the right bank appellations, the Merlot variety is the dominant grape of the Angélus vineyard, holding a 50% share of the vine. Cabernet Franc occupies marginally less land (47%) - but considerably more than it’s share on many local estates - and there is also a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (3%) which features only in the estate’s second wine (Carillon d’Angélus), and its third (No. 3 d’Angélus). The varieties are distributed according to their preference for specific soils - Merlot is predominantly planted on the hill where clay dominates, whilst Cabernet Franc finds its perfect terroir on the lower slopes where the clay limestone soil has a more gravelly consistency.
Château Angélus’ ethos is one of respect for tradition and striving for progress. The estate has been at the forefront of many innovations in cultivation and vinification practices, is wholly committed to sustainable wine-making and aims to convert to fully organic operations in the near future. A family estate now in its eighth generation, Château Angélus is owned and managed by Hubert de Boüard de Laforest (who assumed control in 1985), cousin Jean-Bernard Grenié (1987), daughter Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal (2012) and nephew Thierry Grenié de Boüard (2016). Hubert de Boüard in particular can be credited with masterminding the estate’s ascension to the Saint-Émilion appellation’s top level of classification.
Promoted to the highest echelon in 2012, Château Angélus - with its distinctive label and emblematic bell, remains synonymous with sophistication and the luxurious lifestyle (a point underlined by its being James Bond’s wine of choice in Casino Royale). Although, the subtleties of its Grand Vin vary with the exact conditions and variety proportions of each vintage, Château Angélus’ wines are always elegant and intensely aromatic, with a harmonious structure and full body. The most acclaimed vintages - in recent years, those from 2000, 2005, 2012 and 2014 - will age and develop in the bottle for thirty years plus.