Angelus 2018 has been released at €252 p/b ex-negociant, down 8.7% on the 2017’s (€276) and the same as the 2015’s opening price. This makes Angelus the first major release of the campaign.

The wine is being offered by the international trade at £3,060 per 12×75, down 8.9% in sterling terms on the 2017 release price of £3,360 per 12×75.

This year, our En Primeur charts will show scores from Robert Parker (2005-2012), Neal Martin (2013-2017) and scores from Lisa Perotti-Brown, Antonio Galloni and James Suckling for the 2018 vintage. For more information, click here.

Of these three critics, James Suckling is the only one to have published his scores so far. Angelus 2018 was among his top-scoring wines, with a barrel range of 99-100 points. Suckling praised its “incredible fruit quality” and “real terroir expression”.

Jane Anson (Decanter) has also scored the wine. In her tasting note, she revealed that 2018 was the first year the Chateau “worked entirely organically, with a 32hl/ha yield from the harvest”. The wine was aged in “amphorae” for the first time, as well as 100% oak barrels. Anson awarded it 98 points, describing it as “rich and complex […] showing dense brambled fruit with real precision of expression”.

At this price level, today’s release compares favourably to many of the previous vintages. Both the 2015 and 2016, however, which have achieved the same score of 99-100 by Suckling, are currently available at a small discount.

The Second Wine, Carillon d’Angélus, was also released this morning at €78 p/b ex-negociant.

Looking for more? Our Bordeaux 2018 pages contain everything you need to know about this year’s En Primeur campaign, including critic scores, release prices, analysis tool (for members only), and Liv-ex’s ‘Fair Value’ methodology.