100 Jeb Dunnuck - Read
Only the second release of this cuvée (it was first produced in 2016 and will be produced in 2019 as well), the 2018 Château Angelus Hommage A Elisabeth Bouchet is 100% Cabernet Franc coming from a single parcel of vines averaging between 60-80 years in age. It was vinified in stainless steel and the aging spanned 18 months in new French oak. It's another magical wine from this château that somehow manages to marry serious power and richness with a sense of purity and elegance, as well as complexity, that's something to behold. Deep purple-hued, it offers a sensational array of blackcurrant and cassis fruits intermixed with truffle, spring flowers, and a subtle meaty, baking spice character that develops with time in the glass. Full-bodied on the palate, it's flawlessly balanced, has ultra-fine tannins, and an expansive, seamless, heavenly mouthfeel. Everything is in the right place, and it has perfectly integrated oak along with a gorgeous finish. There are just 849 bottles produced, with a few larger formats, so I expect this to be just about impossible to find in the marketplace (nor will it be cheap), but it's as fine a Saint-Emilion as has ever been made. It needs a decade of cellaring, and I suspect it will have 40-50 years of overall longevity.
100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Read
This is the first release of this new 100% Cabernet Franc wine from Chateau Angélus. Deep garnet in color, the 2016 Hommage à Elisabeth Bouchet hits the ground running with an intense, profound nose of blackberry preserves, boysenberries and redcurrant jelly, plus suggestions of beef drippings, black olives, damp soil and unsmoked cigars with wafts of pencil lead and truffles. The full-bodied palate bursts with vibrant, shimmery black and red fruits, inlaid with mineral accents and supported by firm, exquisitely ripe and finely grained tannins. Electric sparks of bright acidity course through the densely packed core, delivering incredible energy and freshness to the finish, leaving you wanting more. That this estate has managed to craft such a complete, jaw-dropping beauty entirely from Cabernet Franc is a triumph and, I hope, not the last of its kind. A masterpiece!
- BlendCabernet Franc
- WinemakerHubert de Bouard
- Aging/Cooperage18 months in French oak
Angelus Hommage A Elisabeth Bouchet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018 (OWC 1pk)
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This remarkable cuvée, crafted solely from Cabernet Franc vines averaging 60-80 years old, showcases an enchanting fusion of power, purity, elegance, and complexity. With its sensational blackcurrant and cassis flavors, harmonious integration of oak, and flawlessly balanced structure, this Saint-Emilion gem promises a heavenly experience that will evolve gracefully over the course of several decades.
About the Producer
In the first-ever classification of Saint-Emilion wines in 1954, Chateau Angelus was a Grand Cru Class. Already at the time, it benefitted from a solid reputation, which helped it survive the Bordeaux wine crisis of 1973 and take part in the oenological renewal of the 1980s. This was the context in which Hubert de Bouard de Laforest, a graduate oenologist from Bordeaux University, took advantage of this marvelous wine's illustrious past while being resolutely turned towards the future and launched and continued to implement an ambitious, innovative policy in favor of achieving excellence in wine growing and making.