- Château l'Evangile
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2020 - 2040
- Case size
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Robert Parker, February 2009,
The sexy, dark ruby/purple-tinged 2006 l'Evangile achieved 14% natural alcohol, as high as any ofthe great vintages at this estate. Abundant amounts of dark raspberry and black cherry fruit intertwined with sweet plums and hints of figs as well as spring flowers jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied, fleshy, supple-textured, silky wine. Drink it now or cellar it for 15-20 years.
Robert Parker, May 2007,
Virtually every estate in this sector of Pomerol (the plateau adjacent to St.-Emilion) enjoyed a terrific 2006 vintage, so it is not surprising that the Rothschild-owned l'Evangile is a knock-out.Yields were a low 33 hectoliters per hectare, and 70% of the crop made it into the grand vin. The alcohol level of 14% is essentially equivalent to that of the 2005. A blend of 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc harvested between September 13-29, it displays a deep ruby/purple color in addition to a sweet bouquet of chocolate, black currants, cherries, licorice, and incense. Velvety tannins, seemingly low acidity, but high concentration and richness make for a stunning wine. This beauty will be ready to drink in 3-5 years, and should keep for 20-25 years. Drink: 2010 - 2032
Jancis Robinson, May 2007,
The first vintage vinified in the new cuvier was 2004. Having 26 cuves allows them to vinify separately the 26 individual parcels that make up the 14 ha estate. Yields were pretty low at 33 hl/ha, after green harvesting. Gentle vinification - remontage (pumping over) thrice daily but never délestage (rack and return). At harvest the grapes showed the same potential as in 2005 in terms of sugar level and tannic maturity. The rain was the starter pistol for the harvest. Total maceration 27 days. 86% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon 50% new oak.Excellent dark crimson. Fully ripe tarry nose very mineral indeed. Exciting. Great richness. Rich purple fruit nose. Very round and opulent maybe not the most concentrated but lovely open charm very round, one of roundest wines I've tasted among 2006s. Very creamy and round. Lovely wine evennow! Just enough acidity rather than too much (so common elsewhere). Very long but not for long keeping. Very at ease. Not desperately concentrated. None of the dry rasping tannins on the finish.
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.