- Château l'Evangile
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2028 - 2053
- Case size
- En Primeur
Neal Martin, April 2022,
The 2021 L'Évangile was picked September 21 to October 4, and matured in 50% new oak and 15% in clay amphora. It registers 14.0% alcohol and a pH of 3.65. This is very different and, unsurprisingly, far superior on the nose of black cherries, black truffle, crushed stone and a touch of orange peel; very focused and very Pomerol. The palate is medium-bodied, cohesive and elegant with supple tannins and fine acidity, yet there is real depth and a sense of nascent energy toward the finish. The young Cabernet Franc on gravel soils from the Chantecaille lieu-dit absolutely defines this 2021. A great success for this reenergized estate. Drink 2030 - 2070
Wine Advocate, April 2022,
A blend of 69% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2021 L'Evangile offers up aromas of plums, cherries and wild berries mingled with notions of rose petals, violets, licorice and tobacco leaf. Medium to full-bodied, ample and velvety, with fine concentration and rich, powdery structuring tannins that assert themselves on the finish, this estate's rather low average vine age meant Evangile didn't suffer much from coulure this year, and the rainy growing season also spared young Cabernet Franc from hydric stress—explaining its historically high percentage in the 2021 blend.
Antonio Galloni, April 2022,
The 2021 L'Évangile is a heady, sensual wine. Silky and pliant, with fabulous balance, L'Évangile is a stand-out. The blend includes 30% Cabernet Franc, high for the château, but what really stands out is the wine's balance. Red/purplish fruit, blood orange, rose petal and spice are all wrapped together by silky, pliant tannins. Franc aromatics and saline underpinnings extend the finish. Élevage is 50% new oak, 35% one year-old barrels and 15% amphora. Readers will find a super-classic Évangile that has tons of potential. I loved it. Drink 2031-2061
Goedhuis, April 2022,
A new team at this great Pomerol estate, run by the delightful Juliette Couderc. Her passion and enthusiasm were infectious as she talked us through her first full vintage at the estate. A blend of 69% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2021 combines a previously unseen grace and finesse, but with Evangile’s hallmark opulence and self-confidence. An uplifting experience, a brilliant wine. Very lovely indeed.
Wine Cellar Insider, April 2022,
Rich in color, with little effort you find chocolate, black plums, truffle, coffee bean, mint and flowers in the perfume. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, vibrant, and loaded with chewy red fruits, chalky tannins, freshness, spice and leafy herbs that add to the sweetness in the red pit fruits. The wine blends 69% Merlot with 30% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. 14% ABV. The harvest took place September 21 - October 4. The wine is aging in a combination of 50% new, French oak, 15% amphora and used oak barrels. The Grand Vin was made from 55% of the harvest. Drink from 2025-2048.
Jane Anson, April 2022,
A good example of how skilful winemaking adapts to conditions - all the Cabernet Sauvignon has gone into the 1st wine this year because it achieved plenty of natural concentration, while recently it has been put into Blason because it took away from the elegance of the 1st wine. Savoury, supple black and blue fruits, austere but with sapidity and juice, and a gorgeous wash of campfire smoke, salted caramel, liquorice, cloves and saffron spices. 20hl/h yield after mildew. This is their first organic-certified vinified, and first year with Juliette Couderc as technical director from beginning to end of the growing season. Harvest September 21 to October 4. No chaptilisation. 50% new oak, 15% amphora, 3.6ph.
Matthew Jukes, April 2022,
It was a pleasure to meet Juliette Couderc at L’Evangile, and there is no doubt that this woman has the work ethic and forensic knowledge of her craft to take this estate to another level. She explained that two plots of young vine Cabernet Franc vines performed amazingly well (like Cheval Blanc), contributing to an astoundingly ripe, dense and seriously impressive wine. The nose is exceptional and intriguing, and the colour is darker than many, with creamy tannins and superb weight. While it is formed of only 69% Merlot, this is a wine founded on clay, and the depth of flavour is wickedly enticing. Juliette explained that she and her team work on perfume intricacies, endeavouring to add spice notes and other higher, complex tones. While there is no doubt that some of this detail can be determined in the chai, the driving force of the elemental flavours in this beautiful wine is found only metres from the room in which I tasted this wine. Do skip to my note for Blason for more technical notes; suffice to say that this is a direction-shifting wine from L’Evangile, and while the adjustment is subtle, it will have a long-lasting effect, and this wine will stand as a vital marker in time for this noble property.
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.