- Château l'Evangile
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2025 - 2040
- Case size
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Goedhuis, April 2016,
One of the richest wines of the vintage, with alcohol tipping 15%. The palate is velvety smooth thanks to the Merlot’s ripeness (40% of the blend), but the wine retains balance and freshness thanks to the 60% Cabernet Franc, and its fine, powdery tannins. The mass of fruit concentration is amply matched by 100% new oak. Parsimonious critics might call it a fruit bomb; I call it opulent and delicious!
Neal Martin, July 2019,
The 2015 L'Evangile has a fragrant bouquet with blackberry, raspberry coulis, cedar, truffle, and lovely Pomerol traits coming through. The palate is well balanced with succulent red berry fruit, smooth in texture with sweet vanilla-y new oak toward the finish that will require a couple of years to fully subsume. This is a fine Pomerol but it does not match my note from 12 months previously. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
Neal Martin, April 2016,
The 2015 L'Evangile is a blend of 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc picked between September 15 and October 5, and September 29 to October 5 respectively. Matured almost in 100% new oak, it has a very pure and charming bouquet, the Merlot dominant and slightly shrouding the Cabernet Franc at the moment. It is worth staying with this Pomerol, because it does change after four to five minutes in the glass, revealing touches of truffle and iodine. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, understated on the entry but gaining momentum in the glass, retaining a wonderful sense of symmetry and finishing with precision and class. This could well be the pick of the wines from the Domaines Barons Rothschild stable in 2015 and kudos to winemaker Jean-Pascal Vazart.
Antonio Galloni, April 2016,
One of the highlights of the year, the 2015 L'Évangile is deep, powerful and intense, with remarkable concentration and plenty of power. Dark fruit, exotic spice and new leather are all pushed forward. A dramatic, towering wine, the 2015 is endowed with real density, big, but creamy tannins and exceptional balance, especially for a wine of its size. The blend is 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc, brought in between September 15 and October 5, and September 29 and October 6 respectively. Seventy percent of the production went into the Grand Vin, which is aging in 100% new oak. The 2015 is a powerhouse that will need considerable bottle age to be at its best.
James Suckling, April 2016,
What a wine here. It is so traditional and powerful with super depth of fruit and chewy tannins. Full body, incredible concentration and length. It’s so muscular and powerful. So minerally and nutty (walnuts). Marvelous.
Decanter, April 2016,
After the slightly leaner 2014, this is a full-bodied, rich, opulent Evangile with a powerful presence of ripe tannin and freshness provided by the 16% Cabernet Franc. Weighty but refined and with staying power.
Matthew Jukes, April 2016,
(84 Merlot, 16 Cabernet Franc) | 14.8% alc. | 33 hl/ha Incredible aromatics greet the nose, expanding and enveloping the senses. This is a fabulously sexy scent, pungent and overwhelming. The amazing seduction continues on the palate with a billowing, smooth, creamy texture. This is a stunningly fruit-driven wine and with smaller berries harvested this year there is great concentration, too. This is a truly great vintage for Evangile and even though the fruit is so lush the tannins are incredibly long and fine. Red-fruit-themed and beautifully precise, this is a stunner. Along with 2001, 2009, 2010 and this wine this is a classic Evangile and it is on the richer side of the curve.
Jancis Robinson, April 2016,
84% Merlot picked 15 September - 5 October, 16% Cabernet Franc picked 29 September - 5 October. Extremely dark crimson. Floral, opulent nose. Something quite masculine and leathery - animal? - on the nose. Lots of intensity and sweetness. Almost chocolatey! Tannins not quite integrated yet, but they are quite sandpapery. A little bit of heat on the end. A wine that takes you to the limit of sweetness. 14.8% Drink 2022-2035
Tim Atkin, May 2016,
Rich, powerful and densely constructed, this is a super-charged Pomerol with plush, voluptuous fruit flavours, lots of toasty new oak, good concentration and a hint of figgy overripeness. The Cabernet Franc adds some much-needed freshness here. Drink: 2022-32
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.