On 3rd May Stephanie de Bouard-Rivoal together with Johnny Wheeler and Simon Wrightson hosted a Château Angelus Dinner at Simon’s home The Grange in Manfield for 15 very fortunate wine lovers.
We started the evening off well with Champagne Pierre Courtois Brut accompanied by a selection of delicious canapes of Prawns served in light batter with a sweet-sour sauce provided by Tim & Carole Johnson owners of The Game Cart Catering Company.
First on the block was Saint Aubin Premier Cru Clos de la Chateniere 2013 at £240.00 the case from Domaine Hubert Lamy to match a fabulous fresh white crab meat salad with langoustine and smoked salmon.
Stephanie stood to announce the first flight of wines which we were to drink with Tim’s 32 days hung Roast Sirloin of local beef on the bone served pink, with (of course ) Yorkshire Pudding, horseradish sauce, roasted potatoes, red wine jus and seasonal vegetables. Tim carved the joint in front of all of us and proceeded to serve some generous portions, the sirloin was exceptional and so beautifully cooked. Stephanie introduced Angelus, its location in Saint Emilion, the size of
the property, some 57 acres, is planted with 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and average age of vines is 30 years. In 2011 Angelus was elevated to Premier Grand Cru Classe ‘A’, only the third estate after Cheval Blanc and Ausone to have this status, the greatest in Saint Emilion.
The wines we enjoyed with the beef were 2012 Carillon de L’Angelus, Saint Emilion Grand Cru production around 15-20,000 bottles £725.00 ex chateau, 2010 Chateau Bellevue, Saint Emilion Cru £516.00 ex chateau, a relatively small vineyard of 15 acres planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc and production around 18,000 bottles. Bellevue is right next to Angelus and was acquired by the de Bouard family recently from a family whose Administrator was the famous right bank star Nicolas Thienpont. A short pause and Stephanie took to the floor to describe both the wines which were truly excellent, the Carillon spot on now as sales for the night proved, the Bellevue was just starting to shed its tannic cloak but will be delicious in five years’ time.
Then 2011 Chateau Angelus Premier Grand Cru Classé, £2,450.00 ex chateau and 2007 Chateau Angelus Premier Grand Cru Classé, £2,900.00 ex chateau, the latter as sales proved was very much enjoyed - the 2007 vintage was a tricky one for Saint Emilion as well as the whole of Bordeaux but this wine was had a surprisingly deep colour, and was incredibly rich, beautifully balanced, supple with compact fruitiness.
Then another pause as Tim cleared away the delicious second course of his excellent beef before we were treated to 2012 Chateau Angelus Premier Grand Cru Classé ‘A’ £3,250.00 ex chateau and the exquisite 2006 Chateau Angelus Premier Grand Cru Classé £3,200.00 ex chateau both accompanied platters of local, goat, sheep and dairy cheeses.
To finish a Pineapple carpaccio with minted sugar and lemon sorbet, so light and fruity with just enough acidity to sustain it.
It was a treat of an evening to enjoy such stellar wines as these and we hope to stage a dinner in the autumn featuring the wines of the famous Château Cos d’Estournel, 2nd Growth Saint Estéphe.