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The Society's 150th Anniversary Margaux 2015

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When it came to a Margaux for our anniversary celebrations, we were delighted that Ben Sichel at Château Angludet allowed us to blend our own unique cuvée from 2015, one of the great Margaux vintages of this century. Combining the classic perfume and silky texture associated with the commune, it is 55% cabernet sauvignon, 37% merlot and 8% petit verdot, aged for 12 months in French oak barriques, 35% of which were new. Bottled in July 2017, it has been maturing in our cellars ever since. It is now hitting its sweet spot: scented and pure on the nose, fleshy and succulent on the palate, with notes of violets and a hint of cigar box. The tannins are perfectly rounded and ripe, lending the wine real charm and personality. For more on the story of this wine, please scroll down.
Price: £38.00 Bottle
Price: £228.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: CM19761

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Cabernet Merlot
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2032
  • 13% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

More on the wine

Back in 2015 when we contacted the Sichel family, owners of the Margaux commune’s Château Angludet, and part owners of Château Palmer, explaining the idea behind the 150th Anniversary range, they jumped at the opportunity to work with us. Angludet was bought by Peter Sichel in 1961, and over the years established itself in the UK market as one of the most popular wines from Margaux, combining as it does the classic perfume and silky texture associated with the best wines from the commune. The Wine Society receives the largest allocation of Angludet in the world, and we were delighted when winemaker Ben Sichel agreed to allow us to blend our own unique cuvée from 2015, considered one of the great Margaux vintages of this century. We put the final blend together back in 2016. Ben Sichel gave me carte blanche to do my own thing, and the 150th blend ended up with more cabernet sauvignon than the official Angludet blend.

Château Angludet

This cru bourgeois Margaux estate certainly has a long history: named after Bertrand d’Angludet, who owned the land here as far back as the 12th century, there are records of vines being planted here in the 1600s. However, a string of unfortunate circumstances and some less-than-careful owners took its toll, and it had been reduced to just seven hectares of vines by the time Peter and Diana Sichel rescued the property in 1961.

Peter and Diana’s talented family has been in the wine trade since 1893, when it founded Maison Sichel, the Bordeaux négociant whose winemaker is behind The Society’s Claret. The company is now run by Peter and Diana’s five sons, the sixth generation of the family to be involved, and also has a significant share in third-growth Margaux property Château Palmer.

Angludet, which changed its name from d’Angludet in 2008, now has 32 hectares under vine, with an average age of 25 years. This is in part thanks to the careful replanting programme of Benjamin Sichel, who became involved in his parents’ property in 1989, and who now manages both the viticulture and winemaking here.

Located in the commune of Arsac, towards the south of Margaux, the vines are planted on Garonne gravel just 3km away from the Gironde estuary. 55% of the plantings are cabernet sauvignon, 35% are merlot and the remaining 10% are petit verdot. The grapes are harvested by machine and fermented in concrete tanks before spending 12 months in oak barrels, a quarter of which are renewed...
This cru bourgeois Margaux estate certainly has a long history: named after Bertrand d’Angludet, who owned the land here as far back as the 12th century, there are records of vines being planted here in the 1600s. However, a string of unfortunate circumstances and some less-than-careful owners took its toll, and it had been reduced to just seven hectares of vines by the time Peter and Diana Sichel rescued the property in 1961.

Peter and Diana’s talented family has been in the wine trade since 1893, when it founded Maison Sichel, the Bordeaux négociant whose winemaker is behind The Society’s Claret. The company is now run by Peter and Diana’s five sons, the sixth generation of the family to be involved, and also has a significant share in third-growth Margaux property Château Palmer.

Angludet, which changed its name from d’Angludet in 2008, now has 32 hectares under vine, with an average age of 25 years. This is in part thanks to the careful replanting programme of Benjamin Sichel, who became involved in his parents’ property in 1989, and who now manages both the viticulture and winemaking here.

Located in the commune of Arsac, towards the south of Margaux, the vines are planted on Garonne gravel just 3km away from the Gironde estuary. 55% of the plantings are cabernet sauvignon, 35% are merlot and the remaining 10% are petit verdot. The grapes are harvested by machine and fermented in concrete tanks before spending 12 months in oak barrels, a quarter of which are renewed each year.

Maturing varies from vintage to vintage. In good years, it is worth waiting seven to 20 years, but in lighter vintages you can start drinking the wine after three or four. Angludet has become a consistent favourite of members of The Society, who have been following it regularly since 1979, and watching it improve and develop. Under Benjamin’s careful handling, the vintages of the 21st century have been consistently successful, and have remained good value for wine drinkers.
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JancisRobinson.com

A fine blend which it would be fascinating to taste blind alongside their own estate bottling. Dark-cherry and plum fruit, fine tannins, some violet/rose petals on the nose. Hint of graphite on the...
A fine blend which it would be fascinating to taste blind alongside their own estate bottling. Dark-cherry and plum fruit, fine tannins, some violet/rose petals on the nose. Hint of graphite on the finish. Drinking very well but has the density to age for another decade with ease.
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Andy Howard MW

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