– Vintage 2018 –

Victor Ivanov
Haymaking near Ryazan

Since 1983, his self-portrait has been part of the collection of the Uffizi Gallery. He travelled the world, but it is the Russian countryside that remained his subject of predilection throughout his life. For Victor Ivanov (born 1924), a patriarch of Soviet and Russian painting, one of the founders of the legendary austere style, academician of the USSR Academy of Arts, People’s Artist of the USSR and winner of several State Prizes, the main source of inspiration was the Ryazan region, the birthland of his mother… The artist began to create the first works as part of his Ryazan Cycle in the late 1950s, constantly returning to Ryazan both in his life and art.

Haymaking near Ryazan (board, oil, 85 x 135), a work that most vividly represents the creative personality of Victor Ivanov, adorns one of the labels of Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018 by Art Russe. The massive canvas with a laconic monumentality of figurative solutions and austere colour conveys the measured grandeur of the cycle of village life. The simplicity of daily peasant labour in Ivanov’s painting turns into a true symbol of the fusion of man and nature.

Victor Ivanov’s works are in the collections of the Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum and many other museums and galleries in Russia and abroad. The artist’s fellow compatriots appreciate his work: in 2004, the Victor Ivanov and Ryazan Land gallery consolidating more than two hundred of the artist’s works was opened at the Ryazan Art Museum.

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90% Merlot – 10% Cabernet Franc
Soil type: Sand & Clay
Harvesting: 100% manual
Vinification methods: Soft, slow maceration and fermentation pumping over Malolactic fermentation in barrels
Aging: 20 months – 100% New Radoux Super Fine Blend
Cultural practices: Reasoned viticulture (lutte raisonnée), Manual vineyard work, Mechanical weed control

The nose is striking, certainly distinctive, with grilled blackberry, blueberry and black olive; quite spicy and exotic with notes of turmeric, crushed cardamom, cloves and and fennel seeds.
On the palette has red and blue fruits: wild strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and red cherries.
A very polished style, with more grippy tannins than in other vintages. Texturally feels restrained and sinewy rather than fat, while the finish is all pepper and tannin. Very dynamic and energetic.

Vintage 2018

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