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.
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.
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.
The photographer Johan Berglund accompanied us throughout this harvest casting an artist’s eye on Angélus and providing a unique perspective in a collection of images which we share with you here.
2017: bursting with stunning fruit flavour
The growing season started with a bang with the vines budding very early.
At the end of April, frost struck the Bordeaux vineyard hard, sadly dashing some growers’ prospects of producing any crop at all. At Angélus, where nature was kinder, we were scarcely affected by this sad episode.
There on, everything went wonderfully well with excellent flowering followed by a very hot month of June, which provided the vines with the necessary energy and strength to grow superb grapes.
Summer was quite cool but dry, which favoured the preservation of fresh fruit aromatics and slow ripening.
As the end of summer approached, with its occasional showers, the harvest got underway -beginning on September 13th!
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.