Chateau L' Evangile Pomerol 2014
Chateau L’Evangile, situated in the small appellation of Pomerol, a little way south of the famed Petrus vineyard, dates back as far as 1741 and was acquired by DBR Lafite in 1989. The vineyard is planted with Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and produces richly textured, complex and ripe Merlot based clarets. The Grand Vin, Chateau L’Evangile, showcases the best this estate has to offer and with Lafite’s expertise at the helm, this is one of the finest Pomerol’s around.
The vines are harvested by hand and then vinified plot by plot – the vat and cellar rooms were updated in 2004 to help this process. After fermentation, the grand vin is aged in oak for 18 months before release. A second wine, Blason de l’Évangile, uses up grapes that are not deemed high enough quality for the top wine.
Grape Varieties 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc
Rating and reviews
95 points Wine Advocate
The 2014 L'Evangile comes racing out of the blocks on the nose with plenty of black cherry, blueberry, cold stone and black truffle scents, quintessentially Pomerol with impressive delineation and focus. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly grainy texture, lovely black fruit here laced with Earl Grey, spice and sage, quite intense and fanning out gloriously towards the long finish. This seems to have gained precision after bottling and I did warn that it may merit a higher score. This is a deeply impressive L'Evangile that might challenge Lafite-Rothschild in the long term. Chapeau! (NM)
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