- Château l'Evangile
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2031 - 2046
- Case size
- En Primeur
Goedhuis, June 2020,
There is no other way to describe this wine than pure hedonsim. A gorgeous, exuberant nose of plump plums, vanilla pod and damson. The palate is succulent and beautifully polished, revealing an array of Moroccan spices. Exotic with a touch of real class, this is possibly the most appealing L’Evangile of recent times. Quite wonderful.
Neal Martin, June 2020,
The 2019 L'Évangile was picked from 13 September, expediting the picking of the young Merlot that was threatened by hydric stress, the Cabernet Franc picked 22-27 September. This is the first vintage to include a "pinch" of Cabernet Sauvignon from the newly planted plot, for now just 0.5% of the blend. Matured in 75% new oak instead of the usual 100%, it has a rich and opulent bouquet with mulberry and blueberry fruit. I am seeking just a little more delineation and nerve vis-à-vis its peers, more clarity and terroir expression. The palate is medium-bodied with soft, rounded tannins that impart a seductive creamy texture, a leitmotif of this Pomerol cru and vintage. I would prefer more Cabernet influence towards the finish that would lend more dimension and personality. It is a sensual Pomerol but the oak still seems superfluous and detrimental to clarity on the finish. Drink 2025 - 2045
Antonio Galloni, June 2020,
The 2019 L'Évangile is a rich, sumptuous wine. There is a good bit of immediacy to the 2019, but ultimately the wine feels overripe and disjointed. Black cherry, chocolate, leather and spice add to the wine's flamboyant personality, but the 2019 never seems to totally come together.
Wine Advocate, June 2020,
The 2019 L'Evangile is composed of 83.5% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 0.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested from the 13th of September to the 3rd of October. The alcohol comes in at 14.6%. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose hits the ground running with opulent scents of ripe black cherries, dried mulberries, baked plums and warm blueberries plus hints of candied violets, licorice, molten chocolate and wild sage with just a drop of hoisin. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is wonderfully concentrated with seductive layers of exotic spice-laced black fruit preserves and a velvety texture, finishing long and with just enough freshness. Tantalizingly moreish!
James Suckling, May 2020,
Lots of black-olive, crushed-berry and wet-earth aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, yet polished with a very fine, velvety texture from the tannins. It’s long and structured with a blue-fruit and stone undertone to the palate. Some sage, too. More balanced than in the past. Extremely persistent on the palate. 83.5% merlot, 16% cabernet franc and 0.5% cabernet sauvignon.
Decanter, June 2020,
From the very first moment your nose approaches the glass you know something special is happening. Seductive, rich, mouth-filling to the point that you really understand what that means. Just pops out of your mouth, with evident density of luscious blackberry and brambled raspberry fruit but also vertical climb through the palate. Violet notes marry with baked earth, grilled liquorice, tension and seduction. Highest level of Cabernet Franc in the blend in recent history, and first time that they have used all of the Cabernet Franc available in the vineyard - also first time to have this touch of Cabernet Sauvignon since the Rothschilds arrived at the property. Have I tasted a better l'Evangile? Certainly not at this stage, and one of the very few wines in 2019 that I can say without question approaches a perfect score. I don't give 100s at En Primeur but this is off the scale delicious, and I already can't wait to taste it in bottle. 98-100. Drink Window 2027 – 2050
Jancis Robinson, June 2020,
Deep crimson. Round and plush with a generous depth of fruit. Certainly luscious in style, the berry fruit sweet and layered. A wealth of fine tannin sits in behind. Light glow on the finish but generally good balance. As good as 2018, possibly better? Drink 2027-2042 (JL)
Wine Cellar Insider, June 2020,
The beautiful blend of roses, chocolate, licorice, coffee with cream and perfectly ripe plums is exciting. On the palate, the wine is rich, lush, sensuous and velvety, giving you a backdrop for all that sexy plum liqueur and extremely dark cocoa in the full-bodied, concentrated, long, opulent finish. The wine is a blend of 83.5 Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and .5% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the first time Cabernet Sauvignon has been placed in the blend. Harvesting took place September 13-October 3. The wine reached 14.6 alcohol, with no touch of heat or jammy sensations. The Grand Vin was produced from 60% of the harvest.
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.