Château d’Angludet, Margaux, Bordeaux, France, 2006
Surrounded as it is by Grand Cru Classé properties, Château d'Angludet would almost certainly have been included in the famous 1855 Classification, had the property not been broken up as part of an inheritance settlement. In an act of faith (given the property's state of decay) and belief in Angludet's potential, the Sichel family bought the estate in 1961. Since then, the Sichels have worked tirelessly to restore and indeed improve the vineyard and cellars, giving Angludet back the reputation that its exceptional terroir deserves. When Benjamin Sichel took charge of wine-making operations at Château d’Angludet in 1989, he set himself the task of optimizing the vines’ natural balance. This aim continues to inspire the never-ending search for the best possible expression of Angludet's extraordinary soil, which produces perfectly balanced wines with a finesse and complexity that only nature can create. Technology should be discreet, limiting itself to serving nature.
71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot. Young in colour, a deep red with crimson tints, and a deep purple sheen. The equally harmonious bouquet is a marriage of black fruits (cassis, raspberry, cherry) and spices with more roasted notes of cocoa and mocha resulting from finely controlled aging. The finesse and elegance found on the front of the palate give way to a smooth, generously rounded texture, underpinned by mouth-filling tannins; these grow rounder right through to the finish while retaining their velvety feel. This is a high-class, seductively elegant Margaux, which begs to be left at least until the next decade to be able to offer up its full potential.