2020 Château Angélus Grand Vin Blanc Vin de Pays Pyrénees-Atlantiques Southwest France France Wine Tasting Note
The nose offers its flowers, yellow citrus peel, green apples, white peach and pear nuances with ease. The fruits are ripe, sweet, pure and fresh, with lift, energy and a touch of honey, which adds richness and an extra layer of complexity. The wine blends 40% Chardonnay, 30% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon. Only 100 cases are produced per vintage. Drink from 2023-2032.
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When to Drink Chateau Angelus, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Angelus is much better with at least 12-15 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Angelus offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 12-35 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Angelus with Wine and Food Pairings
Chateau Angelus is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Angelus is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Angelus is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.
Speaking of matching Chateau Angelus with food, in late 2013, the de Bouard family expanded their holdings in Saint Emilion when they purchased the well-known restaurant, Logis de la Cadene. They added to their restaurant holdings in 2019 when they purchased the Michelin starred Le Gabriel, located in the famous Place de la Bourse, in the heart of the city center in Bordeaux.
Logis de la Cadene has a history in St. Emilion and having dined there, from personal experience, I can honestly say, it's one of the top restaurants in all of Bordeaux as well. There is also a small, charming hotel, Logis de la Cadene owned by the de Bouard family that's located in the St. Emilion village.
Aside from their interests in Bordeaux, the de Bouard family also own vineyards in South Africa with Anwilka and Klein Constantia located in the Stellenbosch appellation.