MARGAUX, Chateau d’Angludet 2011



Chateau d’Angludet, is one of the oldest Bordeaux wine properties. In fact, Chateau d’Angludet can be traced all the way back to 1150!  The name of the chateau means “angle of high land”.

Jumping ahead several hundred years to 1791, after the owner of that time passed away, the holdings of Chateau d’Angludet were divided between his four legal heirs. One hundred years later, in 1891, the Left Bank estate of Chateau d’Angludet was brought back together again.  At that time, the 130 hectare d’Angludet estate included 55 hectares of vines.

After the majority of the Chateau d’Angludet vineyard was destroyed by the 1956 frost, the owners gave up on wine making at their Medoc vineyard and replanted the vineyards with wheat and barley. The owner thought that type of agriculture would make him more money than growing grapes for making Bordeaux wine. He ended up selling Chateau d’Angludet in 1961 to Diana and Peter Sichel. The Sichel family were well-known Bordeaux negociants who own the firm Maison Sichel and also maintain a large ownership stake in Chateau Palmer. The vineyards of Chateau d’Angludet were in such poor shape at the time the estate was bought, that less than 7 hectares were still planted to vines. That is not the case any longer.

The Sichel’s invested large sums of money to bring Chateau d’Angludet back into shape. They replanted the vineyards and completely renovated and modernized the wine making facilities. The Sichel family still own and manage Chateau d’Angledet today.

Chateau d’Angludet was one of the first estates in the Left Bank to embrace green harvesting, hoping to reduce yields naturally. That practice started in 1988. Chateau d’Angledet has another first to their credit, they were one of the first estates in the Medoc to practice ecological pest control.

The 32 hectare Margaux vineyard of Chateau d’Angludet is planted to 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. The vines are planted to a density of 6,666 vines per hectare. The terroir is mostly sand, gravel and clay soils. The vineyard is basically one large parcel. A single parcel of that size in the Margaux apellation is quite scarce.

Soft, medium bodied, black raspberries and dusty tannins are found in this early drinking Margaux.