L'Evangile was one of our favourites during the en primeur week.Wonderfully polished with a rich,concentrated palate of roasted coffee, plum and crunchy red cherry. Poised, yet not overly round nor extracted like other Pomerols, this is refined, balanced and full of soul. The château feels that it has all the freshness of the 2006 with all the sweetness and fineness of the 2004.We just thought it was delicious. Drink 2011-2020
This dark ruby-colored, medium-weight l'Evangile exhibits creamy blackberry and raspberry fruit, asuperficial attack, but plenty of charm, silky tannin, and low acidity make for a delicious wine to drink over the next 7-8 years. Drink: 2010 - 2018
14% Cabernet Franc. Complex, intriguing nose. Deep flavours. Really very unusually, heady aroma. Then good attack mouthfilling with great ripe fruit on the front palate and then good balance of acid and tannin. Round, not for the very long term, but lots of stuffing more so than most wines. Quite long. Silky texture. Really pretty snazzy. Drink 2012-18.
L'Evangile has long been one of the most sought after Right Bank châteaux. Since the Rothschildfamily (the Lafite branch) purchased the estate in 1990, its quality has rivalled neighbouring Pétrus and Lafleur.
The small sub-region of Pomerol is situated north-east of the industrious city of Libourne. Pomerol's soils are predominately iron-rich clay with a smattering of gravel that produce wines with extraordinary power and depth. As a result of this clay-dominance, it has the highest percentage of Merlot planted in all of Bordeaux. Certain châteaux are produced exclusively from this grape, but most incorporate smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as well. Despite its hefty (if not exclusive) proportion of Merlot, many people think of wines from this region as separate entities. As one wine aficionado stated recently, "It's not Merlot. It's Pomerol." Despite the region's small size, Pomerol contains some of the world's most sought after (and expensive) wines including Pétrus, Le Pin, Lafleur, l'Evangile and Vieux Château Certan. Unlike other Bordelais subregions, there is no system of classification. The châteaux are traded on reputation alone.