The Saint-Émilion Jazz Festival brings together each year outstanding international musicians to perform in the heart of Saint-Emilion’s UNESCO world heritage site. Angélus, as one of the partners of this 6th edition, is delighted to host within its walls “La Dégustation Musicale”, which will be performed by the jazz musician Yaron Herman. Dégustation Musicale is an event which calls on each of the senses. In performing this work the artist is presented with the challenge of improvising music to interpret the wines of Angélus, an exercise that requires great sensitivity.
This month, Jean-Bernard Grenié, accompanied by Bong Grelat Tram, travelled to Australia and Shanghai for a series of tasting dinners with great wine enthusiasts, collectors and wine professionals. Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal led masterclasses in California, in San Francisco and the Napa Valley. Victoire Touton presented Château Angélus in New York and Chicago.
Everything in the vineyard had been been in the best possible shape up till now.
It gave us an early glimpse of the potential 2017 crop. After a normal bud-break, spring brought mild temperatures and vine vegetation growth accelerated, while the formation of bunches was 10 days early.
Unfortunately, the wine region of Bordeaux was severely hit by frost during the nights of the 26th and 27th April, Angélus included. Although 80% of the vines at Angélus dedicated to the First Wine are undamaged, the impact is nevertheless quite significant.
The 2017 harvest will therefore not be abundant. However we will muster all the necessary energy and all our resources to make the little wine we will produce in 2017 of outstanding quality.
If we look back over the history of our region, we are reminded that if a spring frost affects the abundance of the harvest, it does not necessarily reduce quality. The glorious vintages of 1945 and 1961, when the initial weather conditions were similar to what we have just experienced, are two shining examples.
"Unstinting efforts ensure the successful completion of all work." Virgil.
Angélus is a partner in the photo and video exhibition "ROUGE", by Romain and Nicolas Claris, which takes place from 2nd May to 12th June 2017 at the Galerie du Relais & Châteaux at the Hôtel Le Saint-James at Bouliac. The artists exhibiting offer a true celebration of the colour red in all its forms.
With the 2014 vintage, Angélus is celebrating Hubert de Boüard’s 30th vintage and will be presenting for the occasion a unique bottle, decorated with a special strip label featuring intricate detail centring round the figure 30.
Since 1782, the De Boüard de Laforest family has passionately written the chapters of Angélus’s history. Hubert de Boüard, representing the family’s 7th generation alongside Jean-Bernard Grenié, has taken the wine estate to the very top of Saint-Emilion’s hierarchy of great wines. He today accompanies Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal and Thierry Grenié de Boüard, who are the 8th generation of the family to preside over the destiny of Angélus.
Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, Jean-Bernard Grenié, Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal and Thierry Grenié de Boüard
send you their best wishes for the year 2017.
This series is a response to a future book in black and white; it starts with a direct allusion to “natures”, a book where the plant has a predominant place, a way of establishing a link. Another link, this one deeper: the silver-process photography used in the same series, the silver process I am immersed in and which seems to me to function closely in some respects to the “magic” of wine, with extrapolation, patient waiting, technical control, the search for material, to say nothing of the light that leads us very directly to the weather conditions, which determine in part the future of a vintage. The matter requires meditation and there would be much to say about this comparison but...
Three months of summer without water: never before seen in the memory of winegrowers! This surprising climatology, these incredible conditions associated with the terroirs at Angélus, have given us a great, unpredicted, unexpected vintage.
The harvest, picking calmly and when we wanted, took place from 4 to 21 October.
The long time on skins allowed us to extract very ripe grape seed tannins this year. These tannins have an elegant structure, stable and for very long ageing.
Today we are finishing the running off and filling the barrels.
As we had expected of them, the Merlots show an extremely deep colour, and their rich alcohol is perfectly integrated. They are dominated by fruit, freshness, breed and elegance.
The Cabernets Francs, with their crunchiness, which we had suspected during the harvest, magnify this very great vintage of Angélus and enthral us with their level of quality: a touch of cashmere tannins, great smoothness, spicy notes. They rival the Merlots in their elegance.
2016 is a radiant vintage mirroring the incredible summer conditions which shaped its identity and determined its destiny.