Château d'Angludet Margaux 2019
This has a composed and pure bouquet, which is both alluring and appetising. There’s a charming creamy entry on to the palate, almost silky, with a lovely weave between the Cabernet and Merlot, neither dominating, while Petit Verdot adds substance. The palate is suave, the tannins finely integrated, and there is a lovely lick of freshness on the finish. The use of amphorae for the wine’s maturation has undoubtedly given a new dimension to the wine. This is an irresistible Angludet, with a textural sophistication not seen before. A brilliant step to a new future. Drink 2024-2039.
Mark Pardoe MW, Wine Director (May 2020)
With no wine in 2017 after the frosts, and a pittance last year after the mildew, this is a watershed year for Angludet – but in more ways than one, as it also demonstrates the culmination of Ben Sichel’s efforts to refine and elevate the potential of Angludet. The vineyards are now fully biodynamic, just awaiting certification and, for the first time, 50% of the wine has been aged in amphorae. The effect of this is to impart a much silkier texture to the wine and the components raised in this controlled, very gently oxidative and cool medium seem more harmonious and refined. The wine itself is immediately delicious, but bears all the necessary hallmarks to age well. The hot summer prompted Ben Sichel to harvest his Merlot relatively early between 17th and 27th September to retain freshness, leaving his Cabernet Sauvignon until 7th to 17th October. It’s tempting to propose that this could be the best ever Angludet – but, in truth, the style is so appealing, so elegant, it would be truer to say that this is a great Angludet to mark the start of a new era.
Blend: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 12% Petit Verdot