The worldwide launch of the new cinematic documentary series “Wine Masters” was on 18th March. The series tells the stories of terroir, taste and tradition as expressed by some of the most prestigious winegrowing families in different winegrowing regions.
To add depth to each season, two Masters of Wine, Jeannie Cho Lee and Tim Atkin, will share their knowledge and critical opinions of these regions, their grape varieties, terroirs, wines and wine producers.
Wine Masters Season 1 highlights five French winegrowing regions. It was filmed over the course of a year in the most prominent family-owned winegrowing estates.
In Bordeaux the Merlot and Cabernet Franc story is told by the Boüard de Laforest family, which has owned Château Angélus in Saint-Emilion for eight generations.
After a very favourable start to the growing season with a very early bud-break, the vine cycle was delayed at the end of April by a frost which hit the Bordeaux region very severely. At Angélus, where nature was kind, we were mostly spared this sad episode.
However, over the small area affected by the frost, substantial selection work was carried out.
Johan Berglund accompanied us throughout the 2017 harvest, casting an artist’s eye over Angélus. He produced a unique perspective in a collection of images, which were put on show at Angélus during primeurs week.
2015 was a blessed, dreamt-of year, with favourable weather conditions from spring to harvest. Each step took place under ideal conditions: flowering was even, and then the necessary rainfall for the growth of the vines came before the very dry months of June and July. Véraison went like a wonder. The pips started to ripen very early. August, with some timely rains and mild temperatures, allowed the vine to develop well and for the grapes to ripen in a balanced way. The fine days and cool nights in September, accompanied by some showers, favoured the ripening of the tannins.
At the Cape Wine Auction on 9th and 10th February, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest represented Château Angélus with a lot consisting of an Imperial of Château Angélus 2011, a stay at the local Saint-Emilion hotel Logis de La Cadène and a private tasting and tour of Château Angélus. This two-day auction celebrates South African wines on the world stage, while inviting sector professionals to a charitable event that supports the education and seeks to improve the life of children living in the Cape winegrowing region.
The 20 drawings made by the artist Floc’h for Angélus were all unveiled on 28th November in Paris at the Gallimard Gallery. Alongside the artist, Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal and Thierry Grenié de Boüard welcomed guests for a cocktail tasting.
By way of twenty original drawings inspired by L’Angélus of Jean-François Millet, the artist has offered a journey taking us around the world.
As part of its policy to develop the sponsorship of art, Angélus gave carte blanche to Floc’h, the master of the “clear line”, to create an original work that reflected his view of the wine estate today.
Floc’h thus produced twenty drawings inspired by Jean-François Millet’s L’Angélus, an iconic work in which the great 19th century painter immortalised the moment of prayer marking the end of the day’s labours in the fields.