“We are only the custodians of a history that began before us and which will continue after us. As such, our role is to ensure the long-term future in the best conditions that we can achieve.”
Born in Bordeaux, France, in 1982, Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal grew up in Saint-Emilion. Having graduated at Bordeaux University’s Faculty of Economics and at France’s ESCP-EAP, she began her career in London working at a private bank for the UBS bank, staying there until 2009 before joining the prestigious Swiss bank Pictet to once again work in the private management sector. In 2009, Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal became a member of the Angélus supervisory board. As such, she became directly involved in the life of this wine estate. In 2011, Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal gained the international Advanced Certificate diploma awarded by the prestigious WSET institute (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) in London. At the beginning of 2012, her father, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, and her uncle, Jean-Bernard Grenié, requested her to join them in the running of Angélus. Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal consequently left Pictet and henceforth devoted her time exclusively to the family business and the management of the wine estate. Since that time, she has brought new impetus to the estate, performing her work with respect for the property’s heritage, dedication to the estate’s terroir and with a clear vision for the estate’s future. Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal has been instrumental in the acquisition of new vineyards; she created a specially-designed bottle for the 2012 vintage (celebrating the property’s extension, the promotion of the growth to the rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé “A”, and the arrival of the eighth generation of the family at the head of the estate). She has given very special attention to the brands Carillon d’Angélus and N°3 d’Angélus by providing new cellars for them, has streamlined the estate’s distribution policy and initiated Angélus’s conversion to organic farming. In 2013, she made new acquisitions for the family business in buying Le Logis de la Cadène, the oldest restaurant in Saint-Emilion, followed in 2016 by La Maison de la Cadène and in 2017 by L’Auberge de la Commanderie. In 2019, Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal continued the diversification and development of the family business in the restaurant sector in Bordeaux quite naturally, the capital of gastronomy and fine wines, with the purchase of the restaurant Le Gabriel. For this part of the business, Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal put together a new team led by the young, talented chef Alexandre Baumard, who trained under Paul Bocuse and Christophe Bacquié.
Jean-Bernard Grenié was born on 17th May 1950 in Bordeaux. He married Hélène de Boüard de Laforest and has had three children with her: Pierre, Thierry and Paul-Louis. Jean-Bernard is a trained economist, graduating from Bordeaux University’s Law and Economic Sciences Department in1972. He went on to study for the Diploma of the French Institute of Business Administration (I.A.E.), which he obtained in Bordeaux in 1973. He volunteered for French National Service Cooperation in Mauritania from 1975 to 1977. In 1984, he entered the world of wine by working for a Libourne merchants. He joined Angélus in 1987 and is a member of the Directorate. In 2006, he took charge of Château Daugay with his wife Hélène de Boüard-Grenié.
Born in 1956 in Saint-Emilion, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest grew up at Château Angélus, where life was organised around work in the vineyards and cellar. Very early, he decided he would follow in the footsteps of the six generations, who had gone before him on the estate. Having obtained his degree from the Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology and proud of having studied under Emile Peynaud, he left Saint-Emilion for a while to explore other winegrowing areas and techniques and thereby enrich his own ideas. When he returned to the family property in 1980, he strengthened this knowledge by taking part in all vineyard and cellar tasks until he took over the management of Angélus in 1985. His previous experiences, especially in Burgundy, and his own vision led him to put vine husbandry and wine making techniques into practice hitherto unknown in Saint-Emilion. In the same year, he bought Château de Francs in the Côtes de Francs appellation area. From pioneering winegrower to becoming a man in the public eye was just a logical step to take for Hubert de Boüard to follow his convictions, by taking an active role in the life of the appellation and Bordeaux: Vice-President of the Saint-Emilion Wine Growers’ Union from 1991 to 1999; Vice-President of the Union des Grands Crus and President of the Association of Grands Crus Classés from 1990 to 1996; President of the Saint-Emilion Wine Growers’ Union from 1999 to 2008; Chairman of the INAO regional committee and member of the national committee; First Jurat of the Saint-Emilion Jurade since 2011; Grand Master of the Grand Conseil du Vin de Bordeaux from 2013 to 2016 and from 2019 to 2022. After years of relentless hard work in technical fields and in communication and promotion, Hubert de Boüard’s efforts were rewarded in 1996 when Château Angélus was given the rank it deserved of Premier Grand Cru Classé, and again in 2012, when it was awarded the distinction of Premier Grand Cru Classé “A”. His passion for winegrowing incited him to explore other winegrowing areas. From 1997 to 2003, he became consultant for the Massaya winery in Lebanon. In 1998, he bought La Fleur de Boüard in Lalande de Pomerol and later the Anwilka estate in South Africa. Today, his consultancy has developed very widely in France, in Saint-Emilion, Pomerol and Medoc, as well as in Spain, Thailand, Lebanon and South Africa.
Hubert de Boüard is knight of the National Order of Merit and knight of the Legion of Honour.