Château Angludet, Margaux, 2014


This is absolutely perfection in wine. Balanced and poised, it is like Dorothy clicking her heels: you know what's coming next is life-affirming and utterly wonderful. The typical aromatic Margaux blend is not overly heavy in Cabernet Sauvignon here at 55%, but it still gives enough structure to the wine to be able to grow and develop for another decade at least.

Blackberry, vanilla, blueberry compote and an integrated array of spices all seductively pull you into the glass; and the palate never disappoints, with its soft lushness, ample body and charming texture.

Angludet was acquired by the Sichel family in 1961 (which was some special vintage to get!) and since then have worked tirelessly to maintain and improve the quality of its wines. They have succeeded and then some, bringing this Château up to the standard of its Cru Classé neighbours in leaps and bounds. Very poor quality soil, made of sand and large pebbles, assists the winemakers in this search for quality as the roots burrow deep into the grounds searching out nutrients for the vines. The wines are traditionally made and the presence of a second-wine means that the selection process for the Château wine is always extremely rigorous, yielding the very best that the land can give.

Margaux is a very special village and though critically and commercially dominated by one or two of the largest names, the produce of smaller properties has become something of a specialist topic for wine-lovers who cannot keep up with the crazy prices being charged by the 'village elders'. This leaves room for most of us to search for brilliant Châteaux like Angludet, Kirwan, Prieure Lichine and so on - though they are never available at a snip of a price, they are still Cru Classé (or at that quality) and significantly less that three figures a bottle... The stylistic similarities can vary greatly dependent on winemaking philosophy and site-specific nuance, but Margaux wines should be perfumed and expressive - they are referred to as the most elegant and instantly attractive of the Bordeaux communes that, if anything, should be a unifying target to which anyone of the village's Châteaux would be happy to aspire.

Region: Bordeaux

Country: France

Grape(s): Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Svelte, Structured, Smooth, Silky, Rich, Iconic, Full, Elegant, Complex, Balanced

Best food matches: Venison, Veal, Steak, Red Meats, Mature Cheeses, Lamb, Fine Dining, Charcuterie, Beef

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Patrick H.
Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

And you're very welcome to The Allotment Wine Co.

When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.