2023 Carillon d'Angélus, St Emilion, Bordeaux

2023 Carillon d'Angélus, St Emilion, Bordeaux

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2023 Carillon d'Angélus, St Emilion, Bordeaux

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Description

Blend: 60% Merlot; 40% Cabernet Franc.

No longer a second wine of Angélus by any measure, Carillon is made from its own 18 hectares of vines and its own winery. The aim is to show the different expressions of Merlot across a variety of terroirs. But in some ways, this is reminiscent of the grand vin as it used to be: lush, unctuous and hedonistic, with plump and polished tannins. Except that now the modern sensibilities of the grand vin are also applied.

While the wine is undeniably generous and rounded, there is a juiciness and a considered reserve that gives the wine a delicious drinkability. All Merlot’s personalities are in place: silky damson, raspberry, cocoa, five spice. This is an immediate crowd-pleaser, but with ample in reserve for cellaring. This is a wine with its own purpose and character.

Drink 2027 - 2037

Our score: 17/20

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Jane Anson93/100

Bright violet and plum colour, vibrating with life, an easy wine to recommend as it no doubt will be to drink, love the depth and the rich damson fruit expression that combines with black chocolate, liqourice and cocoa with a juicy finish.

Drink 2027 - 2037

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (April 2024)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous90-92/100

The 2023 Carillon d’Angélus is juicy, supple and quite inviting. Soft contours wrap around a core of plum, red cherry, cedar, new leather, licorice and pipe tobacco. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Bright, saline notes from the Franc add freshness to complement the forward Merlot fruit.

Drink 2025 - 2035

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Jancis Robinson MW16+/20

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample.

Crimson hue. Lifted floral nose. Sweet attack, the fruit filling the mid palate. Fine tannins with a slight chalky edge. A degree of tension, the finish perhaps a touch hard.

Drink 2028 - 2038

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 2024)

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Wine Advocate91-93/100

The 2023 Le Carillon d'Angélus, as usual a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, exhibits attractive aromas of cherries, raspberries and blackberries mingled with hints of exotic spices, vine smoke and violets. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and polished, it's layered and enveloping, with a charming, seamless profile and a long, mouthwatering finish. As readers will by now remember, this bottling is no longer a "second wine" per se but rather draws on some 25 hectares of dedicated vineyards, emphasizing Merlot from the cool terroirs of Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes, complemented by holdings in the gravelly Figeac sector and on clay soils near Angélus itself—with anything that doesn't make the cut relegated to the No. 3 d'Angélus.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (April 2024)

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James Suckling94-95/100

There’s depth and beauty to this wine. It offers crunchy fruit, a chalky undertone and a hint of raw coffee bean. Medium body. Fine tannins. Bright and transparent. 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (April 2024)

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Jeb Dunnuck91-93/100

The second wine from Angélus, the 2023 Le Carillon D'Angélus is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc raised in 60% new oak, with the balance in stainless steel. Beautiful black raspberries, cassis, graphite, and spicy, floral notes give way to a medium-bodied, nicely balanced, concentrated 2023 offering fine tannins and the juicy, vibrant, elegant style of the vintage.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (May 2024)

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About this WINE

Château Angélus

Château Angélus

Château Angélus is one of the largest and most prestigious estates in St Emilion. It was promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classé A status in the 2012 reclassification. The de Boüard family has made wine here since 1782. The estate is now run by eighth-generation Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal, who took over from her father, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, and uncle, Jean-Bernard Grenié, in 2012. It is located in centre-west of the St Emilion appellation, due west of the medieval town.

Angélus’s 39 hectares of vineyards are situated less than a kilometre away from the famous St Emilion steeple. The site enjoys a perfect southerly-exposed slope. Cabernet Franc is grown at the bottom, where the soils are sandier and warmer; Merlot is grown in the limestone-rich clay soils at the top of the slope.

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St Émilion

St Émilion

St Émilion is one of Bordeaux's largest producing appellations, producing more wine than Listrac, Moulis, St Estèphe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux put together. St Emilion has been producing wine for longer than the Médoc but its lack of accessibility to Bordeaux's port and market-restricted exports to mainland Europe meant the region initially did not enjoy the commercial success that funded the great châteaux of the Left Bank. 

St Émilion itself is the prettiest of Bordeaux's wine towns, perched on top of the steep limestone slopes upon which many of the region's finest vineyards are situated. However, more than half of the appellation's vineyards lie on the plain between the town and the Dordogne River on sandy, alluvial soils with a sprinkling of gravel. 

Further diversity is added by a small, complex gravel bed to the north-east of the region on the border with Pomerol.  Atypically for St Émilion, this allows Cabernet Franc and, to a lesser extent, Cabernet Sauvignon to prosper and defines the personality of the great wines such as Ch. Cheval Blanc.  

In the early 1990s there was an explosion of experimentation and evolution, leading to the rise of the garagistes, producers of deeply-concentrated wines made in very small quantities and offered at high prices.  The appellation is also surrounded by four satellite appellations, Montagne, Lussac, Puisseguin and St. Georges, which enjoy a family similarity but not the complexity of the best wines.

St Émilion was first officially classified in 1954, and is the most meritocratic classification system in Bordeaux, as it is regularly amended. The most recent revision of the classification was in 2012

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Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot and Cabernet Franc are grape varieties commonly used in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in the Bordeaux region of France. When these two grapes are blended, they can create a wine that combines the best characteristics of each variety.

Merlot is known for its smoothness, soft tannins, and ripe fruit flavours. It often contributes black cherry, plum, and chocolate flavours to the blend. The grapes are relatively easy to grow and ripen earlier than other Bordeaux varieties, making them versatile for blending.

Cabernet Franc, on the other hand, adds structure, depth, and complexity to the blend. It typically brings aromas of red fruits such as raspberry and strawberry, along with herbal notes like bell pepper and tobacco. These grapes have thinner skins and can be more challenging to cultivate, requiring specific growing conditions to reach their full potential.

When Merlot and Cabernet Franc are combined, the result is a well-balanced wine with various flavours and aromas. The blend often exhibits a Bordeaux wine's medium to full body, along with a smooth texture and moderate tannins. The specific flavour profile can vary depending on the proportions of each grape in the blend and the terroir and winemaking techniques employed.

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