Released this morning, 2021 Château Angludet was the last wine we tasted at the end of our visit to Bordeaux last month and was a wonderful high point to finish on, with its sleek, elegant and polished nose and palate. If you wanted to explain to someone how wines from the commune of Margaux should taste, you could do much worse than give them 2021 Angludet. We found the light touch and medium body thrilling, but it has led the critics to give modest scores (feel the width, not the quality?). Julia Harding for Jancisrobinson.com seems to have experienced the wine as we did, finding an 'ethereal quality'. Ditto Jane, Anson, who finds 'waves of Margaux-signature florality.'
Currently in conversion to biodynamics, the style at Château Angludet has moved towards the expression of terroir in recent vintages, with increasing use of amphorae (up to 50% in this vintage), to emphasise fruit and minerality rather than oak. Jancis Robinson described the zeitgeist in Bordeaux in a recent article, describing this style as ‘new old’ wines which "delightfully combine the classicism of traditional bordeaux with modern winemaking and vine-growing sophistication."
Our advice is to follow Angludet every year, the quality is always so consistent and such good value, whilst expressing the character of the year. There is so much pleasure to be had in getting to know the wine well and appreciating each new vintage, it really does enhance the enjoyment. If you have yet to try it, the 2021 is a great vintage to start with, so do let us know if you would like to add some to your cellar.
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|RED||2021||Château Angludet||75cl||£276 per case of 12||Château Angludet
2021 / / 75cl
£276 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"The 2021 D'Angludet exhibits aromas of cherries, cassis, licorice and loamy soil, followed by a medium-bodied, supple and lively palate that's seamless and charming, even if it isn't the most characterful wine this Margaux estate has ever produced. 87-88 points" erobertparker.com (WK)------"The 2021 Château d'Angludet contains less Merlot and more Petit Verdot due to the three-week frost. Daisy Sichel told me that it was aged in 50% amphora this year. It has a relatively light yet well-defined bouquet featuring strawberry and red cherry scents. The palate delivers fine tannins framing the red fruit, quite Burgundian in texture, and hints of graphite, leading to a nicely poised finish. Curiously, the Petit Verdot is quite disguised given the amount used. 88-90 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 23% Petit Verdot. Cask sample. Mid crimson. Rather alluring ripe nose. Very soft and round. Not a long-distance runner but a true Margaux-style wine for early drinking. There’s even a hint of an ethereal quality about this. GV? 16 points.” JH, Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 2021------'A sterling name in the Margaux appellation, often offering outstanding value in muliple vintages. They have leaned into the vintage charater not trying to fight against it, and what you get as a result is savoury juic red and black fruits, with waves of Margaux-signature florality. 26hl/h yield after frost. 50% amphora, 50% oak barrels. 90 points.' JaneAnson.com (JA) Apr 2022