Quite a powerful L’Evangile this year, with its ripe succulence of fruit, broad volume and dense Black Forest gâteaux flavours. Ripe, full and very appealing but again an earlier drinking style.
The 2013 l'Evangile shows a slightly deeper color as well as more noticeable ripe raspberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with notions of licorice and incense. Again, there is no hint of herbaceousness or tannic astringency in this mid-weight, slightly superficial, but charming, pretty 2013. Consume it over the next 7-8 years.
The Grand Vin is a blend of 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc picked from 27 September and 5 October, at 13.03% alcohol (to be exact!) raised in 100% new oak. The bouquet is very pure and intense - there is patently some top quality Merlot here. The palate is medium-bodied with sinewy tannins matched by some of the most concentrated fruit you will find in this vintage. No, there is not the persistency or grip towards the finish of a great L’Evangile, but it has an intensity that will surprise you, plus I suspect that time in barrel will fill out the finish.
87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc. Plummy, blackcurrant jus, super-fine tannins, a little bit of burnt meat and milk chocolate. Mouthwatering acidity. Demonstrates the leanness of the vintage in terms of structure – but has full flavour ripeness. Lovely sumptuous mouthfeel. Luxurious feel. There is just a bit of perfume opening up here, giving promise of real complexity. (RH)
Gorgeous fruit from the off with lush, sexy, silky tannins and immense allure. There is lovely power here, too, considering the vintage and the lower than normal alcohol level. I adore this style of wine – impeccable balance, bright tannins and a seamless red fruit delivery. Apparently it was incredibly complicated to make, but the tannins were so fit because the harvested berries were so clean. This is a relatively forward wine and one which will be sure to amaze the drinker.
Blending Merlot with 13% Cabernet Franc and using his customary 100% new oak, winemaker Jean-Pascal Vazart has produced a succulent, orange-peel scented Pomerol with good acidity and texture. I just wish he’d toned down the oak slightly. 2018-28
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.