One of the vintage’s most notable successes, l’Evangile’s 1994 has a dense plum/ruby color, a sweet nose of licorice, black raspberry, and currant with a hint of roasted herbs and damp soil. Medium to full-bodied, very opulent, it has considerable richness in the front end and mid-section. Like most of the best 1994s, the one defect is the lack of sweetness and the relatively dry, tannic finish. Nevertheless, this is top-notch stuff from a vintage that provides many good surprises, although the style of the wines tend to be relatively firm, muscular, and structured. Anticipated maturity: Now-2020
"...full and elegant wines, with an unmistakable finesse and bouquet.” For many fans, the subtle and elegant quality is indeed the mark of this wine."
- Dussault Press
L’Evangile is described by many as the “Grand vins de Bordeaux” in the Pomerol appellation. This is the smallest of the recognized wine growing appellations of Bordeaux. The estate was established in the 1700s, and it was a century before the notoriety began to accumulate. It is co-owned most recently, since the 1900’s, by the Chaperon family and Baron de Rothschild (think old world Opus One). Château L'Évangile is in a classy neighborhood, surrounded by Petrus, Cheval Blanc and La Conseillante. Production is limited to 2,000-3,000 cases, so this Pomerol is hard to come by. The vineyard plots are batched and fermented separately before blending to preserve vineyard personality.
Stylistically, the juice is concentrated, tannic, and in need of serious cellar time (up to 20 years). Notes of minerality, dark berries and purple flowers, chocolate and plums are most typical for these wines. Vintages to look out for that have been favorable to Pomerol include 1989, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005.
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