2022 Chateau Angelus
Located in Saint-Emilion, Château Angélus quickly became known for its innovative cultivation methods that respect biodiversity. The Château is known for its short pruning and late harvests. They also differentiate themselves by their unique proportion of cabernet-franc vines, allowing them to create wines of character, which are delicate despite their long aging potential.
Tasting reveals an intense wine, dense and profound, expressing notes of licorice, small, well-ripened black fruits, and roasted aromas. A great producer of Bordeaux’s right bank.
98-99 Points, James Suckling
So many beautiful primary fruit aromas. Al dente. Peaches. Very floral. Aromatic. Full-bodied and extremely fine tannins with length and beauty that show incredible depth. Superb brightness and reality. Exciting. Cabernet franc freshness and dynamics come through now, even though the blend is 60% merlot and 40% cabernet franc.
96-98 Points, Wine Advocate
This estate's shift in the direction of gentler extraction and more reductive, less overtly oaky élevage continues, and this extreme vintage only underlines that. Fermented at cool temperatures (20 to 23 degrees Celsius), and with an increasing proportion of the wine's Cabernet Franc component matured in large wooden foudres, the 2022 Angélus wafts from the glass with deep aromas of dark berries and cherries mingled with hints of iris, licorice and pencil lead. Full-bodied, deep and seamless, with a layered core of cool, vibrant fruit, powdery tannins and a long, saline finish, it's a brilliant young wine in the making. The 2022 is a blend of 53% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.