Released for sale en primeur this morning, 2020 Château Angludet could well be a wine that sums up the 2020 vintage in Bordeaux and the direction of the region in general. As comfortable and reassuring as putting on an old pair of leather gloves, Angludet's reputation for consistently over-delivering on quality for the price is well-deserved, but Ben Sichel and his team are also very willing to embrace change.
Currently in conversion to biodynamics, the style has moved towards the expression of terroir in recent vintages, with increasing use of amphorae, to emphasise fruit and minerality rather than oak. Jancis Robinson described the zeitgeist in Bordeaux in a recent article, describing these as ‘new old’ wines which "delightfully combine the classicism of traditional bordeaux with modern winemaking and vine-growing sophistication." This reflects our experience tasting many of the 2020 cask samples and certainly sums up Angludet 2020.
Tasted immediately after Château du Tertre (its near-neighbour in Margaux) the palate was not as concentrated, but had a wonderful balance and harmony to the tannins, with superb fruit purity and lots of personality. Worn-out clichés like 'Englishman's claret' are probably as unhelpful and outmoded as describing wines as masculine or feminine, but the intended sense is of a wine that is all about restraint, refinement and understatement. 2020 Angludet certainly has all of those qualities, combined with a more contemporary fruit intensity and a wonderful texture.
Max Sichel remarked to us last week that even now, they were still waiting for the danger of frost to pass, so fingers crossed that the size of the harvest in 2021 will not be affected too badly, as it was in 2017 (when no wine was released). In the meantime, at just £274 per dozen bottles in bond (unchanged from 2019), the 2020 vintage is a wonderful new release from this favourite château and we urge you to add it to your cellar.
Landing spring 2023.
|RED||2020||Château Angludet||75cl||£274 per case of 12||Château Angludet
2020 / / 75cl
£274 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"Cask sample. Deepest crimson with smudgy rim. Lively, fresh aroma with the fruit not the oak to the fore. (No info provided on the oak used, nor on the varietal make-up.) Cassis, blackberry and some red-plum sweetness, which comes through on the palate. Not particularly intense but harmonious, with finely layered dry tannins. Definitely one of the more approachable and digestible Margaux 2020s I have tasted. Hint of chocolate on the finish. 13.5%. Drink 2026 – 2037. 16 points.” JH, Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 2021------"The 2020 Château Angludet is brisk and precise on the nose of blackberry and bilberry fruit, touches of iodine and pressed flowers coming through with time; there’s wonderful focus and energy here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. A saline and marine-influenced Margaux, well balanced with a little grittiness toward the finish. Yet overall, this classically styled Angludet has commendable breeding and should give 20 years of drinking pleasure. 90-92 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------" Lots of blackberry and blueberry aromas and flavors with licorice and tar. Medium-bodied with a solid core of fruit and a long, creamy finish. Best of the trilogy. 92-93 points" jamessuckling.com------"The 2020 Château D'Angludet looks to be outstanding, with beautiful red and blue-tinged fruits as well as notes of dried flowers, sandalwood, and leafy herbs, followed by medium to full-bodied richness on the palate. Offering a layered mid-palate and ripe tannins, it’s just a round, balanced, delicious Margaux that will have 15-20 years of longevity. 91-93 points" Jebdunnuck.com