Chateau Angelus 1997

Review of the Estate

Named Chateau Angelus because the sound of the Angelus bells, from three, different, nearby churches that can all be heard in the vineyard at the same time, for eight generations the De Boüard de Laforest family have owned and run Chateau Angelus which is situated in Saint-Émilion. Today, Chateau Angelus is headed by Stéphanie de Boüard.

In 1954, Chateau Angelus became a classed growth and, in 1996, it was further elevated from Grand Cru Classé to Premier Grand Cru Classé B. In 2012 Chateau Angelus was again raised, to what is the region's highest classification level, Premier Grand Cru Classé A.

The grapes harvested at Chateau Angelus are meticulously sorted in the cellar, using three sorting tables, and fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks, concrete tanks, and oak vats. After fermentation, Chateau Angelus wine is racked into new, oak barrels. Blending and assemblage is carried out following the first summer of ageing. Then the wine is then aged for another 20-26 months.



Surface area: 57.8 acres

Grape Varieties: 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

Average age of vines: 30 years

Density of plantation: 7,000 - 8,000 vines per hectare

Average yields: 32 hectoliters per hectare

Average cases produced: 6,000 per year

Plateau of maturity: 4 - 25 years


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Robert Parker Angelus 1997 Review

Score: 89 Points

1997: This saturated, deep ruby/purple-colored wine is a big, rich, smoky St.-Emilion exhibiting this estate’s tell-tale characteristics of Provencal olives, black cherry liqueur, prunes, and toasty new oak. It is soft, supple, and ideal for consuming over the next 10-12 years. *** Since 1988 a persuasive argument can be made that no other St.-Emilion has been as consistently brilliant as Angelus. Even in such difficult vintages as 1992 and 1993 Angelus produced wines of significant merit. In 1997, this estate’s harvest began on September 12 and finished on October 10. The final blend is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. Not surprisingly, the 1997 is another superlative effort. The opaque purple color is the most saturated of any of the St.-Emilion premier crus. The nose offers up thrilling quantities of pain grille, blackberries, truffles, vanilla, and other jammy fruit aromas. Concentrated, with soft tannin, lavish concentration, and a luxurious, succulent, low acid, unctuously-textured personality, this super-endowed, undeniably captivating Angelus will be hard to resist in its youth. However, it should prove to be long-lived for a 1997. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2015.

Score: 89


Chateau Angelus 1997 Recent Price History

Prices below are sourced from

WineVintageJuly 2008 
Value Per Case
July 2013 
Value Per Case
Value Increase Percentage 
Angelus 1997 £924 £1,608 £684 75.00%

Chateau Angelus Wine List

Angelus 1990 Angelus 1991 Angelus 1992
Angelus 1993 Angelus 1994 Angelus 1995
Angelus 1996 Angelus 1997 Angelus 1998
Angelus 1999 Angelus 2000 Angelus 2001
Angelus 2002 Angelus 2003 Angelus 2004
Angelus 2005 Angelus 2006 Angelus 2007
Angelus 2008 Angelus 2009 Angelus 2010
Angelus 2011    


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