Château Angelus Wine Tasting Event

11-11-2015 Château Angélus tasting at Pistache, West Palm Beach, Florida


One of the four Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) properties in Saint-Émilion, Château Angélus consistently produces some of the most desired and exceptional wines in the appellation. Since Hubert de Boüard de Laforest took over in 1988, Angélus has established itself as a wine that is worthy of its classification status (which was elevated to its current status in 2012). Angélus owes much of its uniqueness to its proportion of Cabernet Franc, which adds an additional level of complexity to the wines. The wines are also known for their structure, and while they certainly have the ability to age for decades, this tasting confirmed that even the younger wines can be quite enjoyable in their youth. The tasting also showed that in less heralded vintages such as 2004 and 2008, Angélus rose to the occasion to produce excellent wines that outperformed many of their peers.

La_Fleur_de_Bouard2011 La Fleur de Boüard (Lalande-de-Pomerol).  Very fresh. As approachable as the ’06 and ’07. Light and fresh. Actually has really dark fruits, with blueberry and blackberry. Some oak spice, chocolate, and crushed rocks. Medium length finish. A really dinner wine. Always a good value. Medium weight. Very dark color. 91/100

Angelus_2004_20082004 Château Angélus. Still inky purple color. Fantastic nose of plum, black cherry, licorice, bacon, truffle, and mocha. Tannins round. Excellent balance. A wine with finesse. A wine that makes you think. Long, long finish. No bitterness. Not at peak, but a great wine to try now. 96/100

2008 Château Angélus. Again dark inky color. Dark fruits, chocolate, earth, violets, and licorice. Has what I would call a pretty nose, but is still quite shy. Nice concentration. Medium plus finish with a touch of bitterness. Tannins seem to be in the background right now, surprisingly. A little concerned about the tannins seeming a little advanced. 93/100

Angleus_20092009 Château Angélus. Very deep and concentrated. Young. Lots of licorice, black cherry, blackberry, starting to show truffle, chocolate, and Asian spices. Full bodied, high density. Very long finish. Tannic but not overbearing. A very impressive wine. This one is gong to be great but hold this for at least 5 years. 95/100

2012 Carillon d’Angélus. Quite approachable at this youthful stage. Strawberry, raspberry, musk, vanilla. Really smooth on the palate, with soft tannins. Medium length finish. 89/100



Château Le Bon Pasteur 1996

IMG_4067Tasting Note:

Still drinking well and likely at its peak. Nice ruby color with faint orange at the edges. Nose was aromatic with no decant, though maintained over 2 hours. Noted blackberry, plum, chocolate, earth, fennel, spice, and hints of eucalyptus. Medium weight, velvety mouthfeel. Tannins soft and round. Medium-plus finish. This is a nice high-quality Pomerol that offers great value.

About Château Le Bon Pasteur:

The initial Le Bon Pasteur estate pre-dated the appellation system, which then split the estate into three parts: Pomerol, Lalande-de-Pomerol, and St. Emilion. Two new chateaux were then formed, Chateau Bertineau-St.- Vincent (Lalande-de-Pomerol) and Chateau Rolland-Maillet (St. Emilion); all three wines are made in the Le Bon Pasteur facilities.  Harvesting is done manually, plot-by-plot. The grapes are then double sorted before and after de-stemming.

Three Interesting Facts:

  1. The name Le Bon Pasteur, meaning ‘The Good Shepherd,’ was chosen by previous owner Hermine Dupuy on Good Shepherd Sunday of the Catholic calendar.
  2. Joseph Dupuy was the initial owner, purchasing the land in 1920.  His grandson, the famed oenology consultant Michel Rolland, ran the estate from 1978 until it was sold in 2013.
  3. Le Bon Pasteur was sold to a Chinese businessman in 2013, due to Michel Rolland’s brother Jean-Daniel’s desire to sell the estate.
    Blend: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc