Chateau Angelus is owned by the de Bouard family. Hubert de Bouard is currently in charge of managing the family directed property.
Hubert de Bouard joined the family business at Chateau Angelus after graduating from Bordeaux University, where he studied under the famed Professor Emily Peynaud. It took a while before things began turning around for Chateau Angelus. In years like 1982 and 1985, when the materials were there to make great wine, like many St. Emilion estates, Chateau Angelus under-performed.
Starting with the 1988 vintage, Hubert began rapidly turning things around at Angelus. He was one of the first Bordeaux wine makers to embrace fermenting in open top vats and conducting malolactic in small barrels. To improve the wines, de Bouard lowered yields, increased selection and began aging the wines in new oak barrels. de Bouard, a former pupil of Emile Peynaud insists he is making Bordeaux wine at Angelus the way it was made during the 1950′s, but with a modern twist.
Shortly after de Bouard began running the property, he instituted another change. He changed the name from L’Angelus to Angelus. He said, “This allows the wine to show up first in alphabetized lists.” He was right!
The vineyards of Chateau Angelus cover 34 hectares. 27 of those hectares are classified with First Growth status. The vines are planted on two unique types of soil. Clay with limestone and clay with sand and limestone that is located on the sloping hillsides. The Bordeaux wine vineyard is planted to 50% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Franc with 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines average close to 38 years of age. The estate has old vines dating all the way back to 1918. While the oldest vines are Merlot, the estate has 10 hectares of Cabernet Franc that are more than 60 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from 6,500 to 8,000 plants per hectare. Newer plantings are the higher level of density.
On average, there are 7,000 cases of Chateau produced every vintage. The estate also produces a second Bordeaux wine, Le Carillon de l’Angelus. Starting in 2007, Chateau Angelus introduced a third wine, Number 3 d’Angelus. Productions is small with close to 800 cases per vintage. The de Bouard family own other estates in the Right Bank including Chateau Bellevue in St. Emilion, La Fleur de Bouard in Lalande de Pomerol and Chateau de-Francs in Cotes de Francs. Hubert de Bouard consults numerous chateaux in the Medoc, Pessac Leognan, St. Emilion and Pomerol. In June, 2012, Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal, the daughter of Hubert de Bouard was named executive manager of the estate. That same year. September 6, 2012, Chateau Angelus was upgraded in the official 2012 St. Emilion Classification to Premier Grand Cru Classe A. Only 4 St. Emilion estates share that honor
The style of Chateau Angelus is pure silk and velvet. It’s a rich, full bodied and concentrated, Bordeaux wine, offering silky textures that’s filled with luscious, opulent, spicy dark fruit, licorice, spice and truffle that ages well.
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With thanks to Jeff Leve from http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com, for the invaluable information