Angélus Wines Launches Tempo D’angélus From Its New Winery In Bordeaux

For more than a century Angélus Wines has been crafting some of the world’s finest wines from its renowned estate in Bordeaux and its new winery combines its Old World passion and expertise with innovative technology to continue its traditions.

Angélus Wines has been making wine in Bordeaux, France, for more than 120 years, becoming one of the world’s great winemakers, good enough to turn the famously martini-loving James Bond into a lover of Bordeaux vintages. Its famous Château Angélus, at its historic Saint-Emilion Estate, has recently expanded by acquiring a new winery in Libourne, France.

This new cellar will be used for making the second wine produced by Château Angélus, Carillon d’Angélus, as well as its latest triumph, Tempo d’Angélus, which first appeared on SAQ shelves in Quebec last November, continuing the Angélus Wines tradition of passion, dedication and craftmanship for fine wines dating back to 1899.

While grounded in family heritage and history, the success of Angélus Wines is perhaps best seen in the efficiency and innovation it brings to its winemaking, and the new winery is a perfect example of how modern realities can be paired with Old World values in creating superior vintages.

The old winery of Carillon d’Angélus, located on the famous Saint-Emilion Estate, had become too cramped to accommodate new, more efficient and more innovative equipment. Its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site limited the possibilities of expansion because of strong architectural constraints. So the search began for a new property and space up to the exacting standards of Angélus Wines.

The search expanded to include neighbouring communes in Bordeaux and that search led to the selected grounds in Saint-Magne-de-Castillon. As a result of technical, environmental and esthetic considerations, the new winery is a modern take on an ancient craft enhanced by state-of-the-art equipment for continued excellence in winemaking.

The 4,400-square-metre building is located on a 3.3-hectare plot of land and is semi-submerged with a green roof. It was delivered during the 2019 harvest. Its contents denote the care and expertise Angélus Wines are famous for in that it contains a reception area for grapes, with optical sorting, a vat room for vinification, and cellars specifically dedicated to fermentation and maturation. The buildings’ 18 inverted, truncated, cone-shaped vats, hoist system and vat lift are all 100 per cent gravity fed.

Carillon d’Angélus, like the entire estate, is HVE3-certified, which is the highest level of “High Environmental Value,” attesting to the best practices Angélus consistently uses in biodiversity and fertilization. What this type of investment delivers is an outstanding wine that constantly rates as amongst the best in the world, if not the most famous. Angélus Wines’ fame can best be seen by being featured in three James Bond films: Casino Royale in 2006, Spectre in 2015 and last year’s latest Bond blockbuster, No Time to Die. Apparently, when Bond sits down for wine, it is for Angélus wine. Tempo d’Angélus will continue this world-class tradition and the new Carillon d’Angélus winery allows for greater innovation in continuing its time-honoured techniques. For lovers of great wines, these are not to be shaken or stirred, but indeed savoured as some of the finest wines in the world.

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