Le Carillon d'Angélus 2012 The Wine Gate Shop
Le Carillon d'Angélus 2012 The Wine Gate Shop
Le Carillon d'Angélus 2012 The Wine Gate Shop
Le Carillon d'Angélus 2012 The Wine Gate Shop

Bordeaux – Saint-Emilion

Le Carillon d'Angélus 2012

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The estate

The De Boüard de Laforest family has presided over the property since 1782. Carried to the highest rank by Hubert de Boüard, who headed the wine estate for over 30 years, Angelus is today managed by his daughter Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal, the third woman to have run the property in nearly 250 years. Taking great inspiration from the previous generations and with huge respect for the heritage that has been entrusted to her, and the great tradition to which she has fully committed, the young CEO has injected fresh impetus into the estate in order to enhance further the terroir expression of its wines and ensure a sustainable future for the family wine estate.

Set in a natural amphitheatre, in which sounds are amplified, Angelus (today run by Stéphanie de Boüard) takes its name from a small plot of very old vines, from which the ringing of the angelus at the three local churches could be heard simultaneously. Over centuries, in the morning, at noon and in the evening, this ringing and the prayers to which it called worshipers, set a rhythm to each day’s work in the vines and fields. The bell on the label of the Château Angelus bottle pays homage to the origin of the name and to those moments of contemplation in the fields.

The vineyard

Angelus began life as an exceptionally well-situated vineyard close to the gates of the Saint-Emilion village, located specifically on the famous south-facing “pied de côte” (foot of the slope). Over the generations, the passion and determination of the De Boüard de Laforest family wrote the history of the estate, forging its destiny and fulfilling its potential. Covering 85 hectares in all, the property has 55 hectares in Saint-Emilion, of which 30 make up the historical core of the estate. Angelus is today one of the largest vineyards in the Saint-Emilion appellation.

Acknowledged worldwide as one of the flagships of Bordeaux, Château Angelus conveys all the commitment and attachment of a family and team whose goal is excellence, to heighten the fundamental nature of a terroir. The Angelus signature is the alliance between an audacious grape variety and an outstanding terroir. It is that unique character that comes from the south-facing slope of Saint Emilion and the high proportion of Cabernet Franc that is always a joy to find in each vintage, year after year, with its richness, density, unctuosity, elegance, pedigree, purity and freshness.

All these special characteristics contribute to the Angelus style : lush, dense and creamy because of the early onset of growth thanks to its “terroir”, but also elegant, classy and pure with lots of freshness thanks to the large proportion of Cabernet Franc (46% of the vines), and to the perfectly balanced distribution of limestone and clay in its soils.

The vintage

Carillon d'Angélus, the second wine of Château Angelus, was born with the 1987 vintage. Over the years, it has acquired its own identity. Reflecting the high standards of the estate's teams, it is made from a variable percentage of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon selected from different terroirs of Saint Emilion. The vinification and ageing are precisely adapted to its style. It is appreciated for the purity of its fruit aromas, its velvety tannins and its elegant finish.

The 2012 vintage had a tough start with a chaotic spring. Fortunately, July and August were perfect for good grape development.

2012 was an important year for Angelus: it won the status of Premier Grand Cru Classé “A”, and a member of the eighth generation of our family joined the estate’s Directorate, while 2012 was also the 230th anniversary of the Boüard de Laforest’s arrival in Saint-Emilion. The year also saw extension and improvement work done on the estate on a hitherto unequalled scale.


  • Domain Château Angélus
  • Vineyard Saint-Emilion
  • Color
  • Vintage 2012
  • Classification 2e vin
  • Variety 50% Merlot
    25% Cabernet Sauvignon
    25% Cabernet Franc
  • Culture Sustainable agriculture
  • Alcohol degrees13.5°
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Tasting Notes

Eye, bouquet, palate

The wine displays a lovely purple robe with ruby tints.

The purity and intensity of the aromas are amazing. Red fruit with a pleasant slight smokiness from the barrel.

Smooth on the attack, both precise and generous on the mid-palate, the finish recalls the freshness of the fruit.



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Wine and food pairing

confit of lamb, chicken supremes with truffle butter, Lamprey Bordeaux style, Saint Félicien