At Angélus, the harvest began with the grapes from the young plantations on 18th September and, for questions of alcohol/acidity balance, on Monday 23rd for the Merlot. The water reserves that had built up during the spring proved vital for this summer, which shifted gear as from the first days of July. It was a surprising, hot, dry and sunny summer, which seemed to go on and on. A summer in which Angélus's great clay-limestone terroirs behaved in an amazing way, enabling a regular supply of moisture to the vines.
Since its arrival at the beginning of the year, the autonomous over-the-row robot “TED” has changed a great deal. Over the last three months, TED has made great progress, both technologically and agriculturally, thanks to constant support from Naïo and to Angélus’s expertise.
For several years now, Angélus has been fully committed to sustainable vine-growing practices and to increasing its range of viticultural methods. In line with this undertaking, our teams have been seeding different plant species in the vineyard, and this year common vetch, green pea and secale sylvestre have been sown in inter-rows that are usually ploughed. Commonly used in vine-growing, seeds are an additional agronomic lever supporting the work carried out by our vineyard crew throughout the year.
Well into spring, the vineyard transforms and comes back to life at a rapid pace.
The works being carried out on the cellars of Carillon d’Angélus and N° 3 d’Angélus at Saint-Magne de Castillon are surging ahead and are expected to be completed this summer and thus be operational for the coming harvest.
The technical teams, aided by a number of staff volunteers from the estate, set up anti-frost devices (lanterns and wind machines) during the night of 13th April to fight off frost effectively between the hours of 3 and 7 in the morning, the coldest and most dangerous time for the vines. This operation was repeated this weekend.
An integral part of Angélus now for generations, the work of horses contributes to the preservation of our terroirs. Participating in a sustainability and environmental performance improvement programme, Angélus chooses the most appropriate techniques for its vineyard, whether they be the most modern or the most time-honoured ancestral ones.
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