The forecast for our second day on the 2014 Bordeaux harvest was heavy showers and exquisite wine and the day commenced with sunshine in the vines at Chateau Angelus. Home of the de Bouard family since 1782, Angelus has been considered one of the top Right Bank estates since 1989 and in 2012 was awarded the accolade of Premiers Grands Crus Classes A, one of only four St Emilion estates to be so honoured.
We were privileged to meet the extremely charismatic owner, Hubert de Bouard and his daughter Stephanie de Bouard-Rivoal, who was appointed executive manager of the estate in 2012. That same year Angelus received its upgrade to Premiers Grands Crus Classes A and the vintage bottle has been especially commissioned with its 21.7 gold carat label due for delivery later this Autumn. Stephanie pointed out the extraordinary detail of the wonderful 10million euro refurbishment of the chateau by renowned architect Jean-Pierre Errath completed earlier in 2014.
With the 2014 harvest nearing completion both Hubert and Stephanie feel the vintage is looking extremely promising, with Stephanie going as far to say that they are very excited and the quality could be approaching 2010. Without a doubt Angelus sparkled in the sunshine this morning and following the optimistic statements on 2014, corraborating those received at Haut Brion yesterday, we headed towards the Left Bank with great expectations.