Angélus takes you through the different stages of the vine cycle via a series of photos of a single Cabernet Franc vine. This series, entitled “A Cabernet Franc Story”, will be sent out on a monthly basis until the end of the year.
After 7 months of sur lie aging our teams carry out Château Angélus 2019 vintage first soutirage or racking.
Naturally antioxidant, the lees from the malolactic fermentation have played their protective role and are no longer needed.
“This 2019 vintage, made while the estate was undergoing conversion to organic-farming status, turned out to be easier to manage than the 2018, which was a vintage that ended up superbly but which caused worries and tensions.
In the ongoing search for greater precision, Angélus regularly enhances the quality of its work in the vineyard. We spoke to you last spring about the implementation of TED, the over-the-row tractor robot, and then in the summer of the usefulness of seeds sown in the vineyard. For this winter, the focus is on pruning work.
Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal, Jean-Bernard Grenié and Hubert de Boüard de Laforest
send you their best wishes for the year 2020.
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.