Four Vintages of Château Angélus, 2019

It is now about seven years since Château Angélus, under the direction of Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, was promoted to the very top tier of the St Emilion classification. You might think that having achieved what many thought was the impossible, this exalted position having been enjoyed solely by Château Ausone and Château Cheval Blanc for so long, that Hubert might be content to sit back on his laurels.

Of course nothing is further from the truth. While the estate is today run by his daughter Stéphanie de Boüard-Rival and nephew Thierry Grenié de Boüard, Hubert remains as involved and as interested as ever. And the domaine continues to develop, as evidenced by recent announcements that the property was beginning a conversion to organic viticulture, and that the family plan to build new cellars dedicated purely to the production of the estate’s third wine, No. 3 d’Angélus, moves built on the back of Hubert’s successes.

Château Angélus

Perhaps in keeping with its position within the region, Hubert, Stéphanie and family decided to open the primeurs week in April 2018 with a grand dinner, and to pour some special vintages of Château Angélus. I was happy to accept their invitation.

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