Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot
75cl * 13.0% ABV * Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Owned by the Sichel family since 1961, Angludet is situated at the heart of the prestigious appellation of Margaux and surrounded by Cru Classé properties, including Angludet's sister vineyard, the more famous Château Palmer. Palmer, by the way, is one of those châteaux where the wine is sold by the bottle to us retailers, rather than the case - you know you're dealing with the 'big dogs' when that happens! Angludet would no doubt have been 'classified', as Palmer and other châteaux were in 1855 (Palmer is a third growth, but is often referred to as a 'super second'), but it was split up as part of an inheritance settlement and didn't qualify. Shame for them, but better for us and our pockets.
2012 was a tough year for many Bordeaux vineyards, but not so for Sichel here at Angludet, where they've made a fine, elegant wine. Benjamin Sichel, who oversees the winemaking at Angludet, insists on a limited yield from the grapes, ensuring the vines give him their very best. The tannins are firm, but not too crunchy, meaning this wine will continue to improve over the next three to five years, and continue to develop and mature for at least a decade.
PS beady eyed drinkers will notice that we no longer add the D' to the name (it used to be known as Château D'Angludet). I can find no reference as to why it's changed, it just has. That's France for you.