The 2020 Bordeaux en primeur campaign started with a bang last week, with Cheval Blanc releasing their 2020, at a price pennies above last year. This is significant as ‘magic merlot’ as it is coined in 2020 and the right banks shine. Angelus is the next Grand Cru Classe A right bank superstar to release and as can be expected it matches the 2019 score from James Suckling the only major taster to have released their scores. His score is a stellar 98-99, calling it ‘wonderfully refined and balanced with such pretty depth.’

This sentiment is echoed by Jane Anson of Decanter who has awarded it 97 points, equalling the 2019, who states ‘I love the aromatics on this and the striking fruits. Silky in texture, balanced and elegant, there are big tannins that slowly but surely creep up on you through the palate. This is a sleek, poised, and confidently-constructed Angélus, with depth to the olive, chocolate, cassis body and a crushed mint leaf kiss on the finish.’ The price today is £3,048 per case of 12, or £1,524 per six, which reflects a 7% increase to the 2019 price. It is a very fine Angelus, though sadly missing on price, the Estate needed to match last year’s price to offer significant incentive, fair value is represented squarely by the 2015 at £2,800 – a recommended buy under £3,000.

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The History of Angelus 
George de Boüard started buying up land in Saint-Emilion in the 1560s and it was in the 18th century that Catherine de Boüard de Laforest began living on the property in Château Mazerat. Comte Maurice de Boüard de Laforest inherited Mazaret in 1909 and extended the Estate with the purchase of Clos de L’Angélus in 1926 and part of Château Beau-Séjour-Bécot to form what became Château L’Angélus. The name of the estate is so called from the sound of the daily bells that come from three local churches.

Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, the current owner, started working for the Château in 1976 and implemented modernisations of both the chai and vineyard practises that lead the Estate to global acclaim. Hubert de Boüard also cleverly dropped the L’ from the name of the wine to allow it to show up first on alphabetical lists and his vision and hard work was rewarded when Angélus was promoted to Premier Cru Classe (B) during the 1996 reclassification of Saint-Emilion and then in September 2012 to Grand Cru Classe A.