2019 Château Angludet, Margaux, Bordeaux

2019 Château Angludet, Margaux, Bordeaux

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2019 Château Angludet, Margaux, Bordeaux

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This has a composed and pure bouquet, which is both alluring and appetising. There’s a charming creamy entry on to the palate, almost silky, with a lovely weave between the Cabernet and Merlot, neither dominating, while Petit Verdot adds substance. The palate is suave, the tannins finely integrated, and there is a lovely lick of freshness on the finish. The use of amphorae for the wine’s maturation has undoubtedly given a new dimension to the wine. This is an irresistible Angludet, with a textural sophistication not seen before. A brilliant step to a new future. Drink 2024-2039.
Mark Pardoe MW, Wine Director (May 2020)


With no wine in 2017 after the frosts, and a pittance last year after the mildew, this is a watershed year for Angludet – but in more ways than one, as it also demonstrates the culmination of Ben Sichel’s efforts to refine and elevate the potential of Angludet. The vineyards are now fully biodynamic, just awaiting certification and, for the first time, 50% of the wine has been aged in amphorae. The effect of this is to impart a much silkier texture to the wine and the components raised in this controlled, very gently oxidative and cool medium seem more harmonious and refined. The wine itself is immediately delicious, but bears all the necessary hallmarks to age well. The hot summer prompted Ben Sichel to harvest his Merlot relatively early between 17th and 27th September to retain freshness, leaving his Cabernet Sauvignon until 7th to 17th October. It’s tempting to propose that this could be the best ever Angludet – but, in truth, the style is so appealing, so elegant, it would be truer to say that this is a great Angludet to mark the start of a new era.

Blend: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 12% Petit Verdot

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Chateau Angludet

Chateau Angludet

Château d`Angludet is a Cru Bourgeois property that now regularly produces wines of grand cru classé quality. D'Angludet is located in the Margaux appellation and its vineyards are situated at the 3-way intersection of the Cantenac, Arsac and Labarde communes.

The late Peter Sichel purchased d'Angludet in 1961 and it became his home for the next 37 years. The vineyards and cuverie were in a deplorable condition when Sichel took over and it is due to his sheer will and determination that d`Angludet enjoys its high reputation today.

D'Angludet's 32 hectares of vineyards are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (58%), Merlot (35%), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Petit Verdot (2%). The grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks and the wine is then aged in oak barriques (25-33% new) for 12 months. The wine is bottled unfiltered.

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Margaux

Margaux

If Pauillac can be seen as the bastion of ‘traditional’ Red Bordeaux, then Margaux represents its other facet in producing wines that are among Bordeaux’s most sensual and alluring. It is the largest commune in the Médoc, encompassing the communes of Cantenac, Soussans, Arsac and Labaude, in addition to Margaux itself. Located in the centre of the Haut-Médoc, Margaux is the closest of the important communes to the city of Bordeaux.

The soils in Margaux are the lightest and most gravelly of the Médoc, with some also containing a high percentage of sand. Vineyards located in Cantenac and Margaux make up the core of the appelation with the best vineyard sites being located on well-drained slopes, whose lighter soils give Margaux its deft touch and silky perfumes. Further away from the water, there is a greater clay content and the wines are less dramatically perfumed.

Margaux is the most diffuse of all the Médoc appelations with a reputation for scaling the heights with irreproachable wines such as Ch. Margaux and Ch. Palmer, but also plumbing the depths, with too many other châteaux not fulfilling their potential. There has been an upward shift in recent years, but the appellation cannot yet boast the reliability of St Julien. However, the finest Margaux are exquisitely perfumed and models of refinement and subtlety which have few parallels in Bordeaux.

Recommended Châteaux: Ch. Margaux, Ch. Palmer, Ch. Brane-Cantenac, Ch. Rauzan-Ségla , Ch. Dufort-Vivens, Ch. Ferrière, Ch. du Tertre, Ch. Giscours, Ch. d'Angludet.

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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