2023 Bordeaux En Primeur – Château Angludet

Angludet 2023

2023 Château Angludet (Margaux)

43 Cabernet Sauvignon, 40 Merlot, 17 Petit Verdot

60% new oak, 40% amphoras, 35% of the oak barrels used are new

13.5% alc

20 hl/ha

Harvest took place for Merlot between 12 – 15 September, for Cabernet Sauvignon between 20 – 27 September and for Petit Verdot on 28 September

First official Demeter certified vintage.

While many properties benefitted from generous yields in 2023, Angludet was, again, stuck at around 20 hl/ha, which is tight, to say the least.  This is because they have adopted a new pruning regime that, on the one hand, restricts crops in the short term but endeavours to avoid mildew problems, which was a scourge in the 2023 vintage. They expect yields to increase over the coming years. Darker in colour than expected, this beautifully perfumed wine is quiet on the front half of the palate and then expands, gathering intensity and bravado, and the finish is glorious. With tension, drama, and sappy fruit notes, this is a superb wine with refined, emery board tannins on the finish. Returning to the glass a second and third time, the fruit seems even more expressive.  2023 is a fabulous vintage for Angludet and I have not seen this balance of dark fruit and riveting freshness before at this estate. While it ought to drink well from 2030, it is likely to have the energy to last for a further 15 years with ease. Interestingly, this is undoubtedly the finest of the ‘inexpensive Margaux’, so act fast if you are a fan. Chapeau. 18+/20

Prices came out yesterday and seem consistent with the three merchants whose emails I received. It represents around a 10% reduction over the 2022 price, making Angludet staggeringly good value for money.

£144 per case of 6 bottles in bond

£154 per case of 3 magnums in bond

From Corney & Barrow, Lay & Wheeler and Private Cellar

MATTHEW JUKES SCORE CONVERSION CHART

As a wine taster and writer, I prefer you to read my words rather than focus on my scores.  This is why I rarely score wines unless I write an extensive report like this one.  I believe that scores taken from the context of tasting notes are essentially meaningless.  I describe my featured wines fully so you can imagine the aroma, shape and flavour.  Scores don’t help with this.  You will know that several different scoring methods are used in the global wine trade.  Most of my wine-writing colleagues have been tempted to the dark side, using the 100-point rating system.  A few, usually older types, cling to the venerable five-star rating.

As you know, I favour the 20-point score.  It’s how I was taught and dovetails nicely with how I judge wines.  For those unfamiliar with the 20-point scoring system, here is a table that translates it into various other formats.

20-point score100-point scoremedal5 star
20100perfect gold5
19.598/99gold5
1996/97gold5
18.595gold4
1893/94high silver4
17.591/92silver4
1789/90silver3
16.588high bronze3
1686/87bronze2
15.585bronze2
1583/84no medal1
14.581/82no medal1
1480no medal1