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.
The Jurats Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal, Hubert de Boüard, the Saint-Emilion mayor Bernard Lauret and Jean-François Galhaud at the sides of the Saint-Emilion Jurade’s guest of honour, the French astronaut Thomas Pesquet (centre), who was inducted at the Ban des Vendanges ceremony on 22nd September. The Saint-Emilion Ban des Vendanges is a major ceremony in the life of the Saint-Emilion wine community. Its continuation is a revisited time-honoured tradition. In times gone by, experts were sent in advance into the vines to ensure that the grapes were perfectly ripe, and thus guarantee the excellence of the crop. Today the Ban des Vendanges links the past with the future. It is also an occasion for the celebration of the vintage being harvested.
Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, sensitive to questions and concerns relating to the environment, met the Amazonian Cacique Raoni, the guest of honour at the 5th edition of Bordeaux’s Climax Festival at the Darwin, in which the theme this year was “the Amazon rainforest or the uprooting of the world”. They exchanged views on such subjects as sustainability, agroforestry, the protection of ancestral cultures and the defence of populations. The encounter and the warm, informal discussion were introduced by Philippe Barre, the founder of the Climax festival, which was dedicated this year to the topic of deforestation and the defence of indigenous peoples.
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.
THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2019, 8.30 pm
The Grandes Heures are this year offering a programme of concerts on the theme "Pollen d'étoiles", which will be performed in prestigious châteaux of the Bordeaux region. Angélus, a historic partner in these programmes, will welcome the pianist Jean-Bernard Pommier on 26 September at 8.30 pm. This virtuoso will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Chopin.
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.
In Château Angélus’s first year cellar, the ageing of the 2018 vintage, in barrels and for the first time in foudres, continues its course. Our teams are taking care that the elegance of the tannins and the aromatic purity of this outstanding wine, on a par with the estate’s great vintages, are being maintained.
Well into spring, the vineyard transforms and comes back to life at a rapid pace.