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History

The Léglise family from Libourne founded the property that was to become Château L’Évangile. They were actively involved, around the middle of the 18th century, in the creation of Pomerol’s vineyards. L’Évangile appeared in the 1741 land registry under the name of Fazilleau.

 

At the turn of the 19th century, the estate was already close to its current configuration, stretching over some 13 hectares, when it was sold to a lawyer named Isambert. He renamed the estate “L’Évangile”. In 1862, L’Évangile was purchased by Paul Chaperon, whose descendants, the Ducasse family, remained the property’s owners until 1990. Paul Chaperon continued to build the estate’s reputation and constructed L’Évangile’s residence in the style of the Second Empire. In the second edition of Cocks Féret in 1868, L’Évangile is listed as a “Premier Cru du Haut-Pomerol”.

 

Upon the death of Paul Chaperon in 1900, his descendants ran the estate until 1957, when Louis Ducasse took over the property, which was by then in decline and had been damaged by the frost in 1956. He managed to replant the vineyard and eventually restored L’Évangile to its former glory. In 1982, his widow, Simone Ducasse, continued the family’s role in running the estate.

 

In 1990, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) acquired L’Évangile from the Ducasse family with a view to ensuring that the property was looked after to the same high standard. DBR (Lafite)’s initial influence included a more refined selection of the Grand Vin, and the creation of Blason de L’Évangile as a second wine. Efforts were also undertaken to improve the vineyard with a restoration and partial renewal plan that was launched in 1998. The complete renovation of the vat room and the cellar, which was finished in 2004, completed the property’s new configuration.

 

A remarkable decade of vintages from 1995 to 2005 crowned the work with success. Among these, 1995, 1996, 2000 and particularly 2005 stand out as truly exceptional !

 

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Vineyards

Through a mystery of geology, the southeast Pomerol plateau features a long line of surface gravel. Three vineyards, including L’Évangile, share this rare soil. The property occupies a very strategic position. It is bordered to the north by Château Pétrus, and is separated from Cheval Blanc in Saint-Emilion to the south by nothing more than a secondary road.

 

The vineyard covers 22 hectares, made up of sandy clay soil with pure gravel, on a subsoil containing iron residues. The grape varieties consist of Merlot (80%) which contributes to the wine’s fruity flavour and body, and its unmistakable suppleness; and “Bouchet”, the local name for Cabernet Franc (20%), which brings finesse and structure. Traditional techniques are used. Production is limited and the harvests are carried out by hand, as are numerous other tasks in the vineyard throughout the year.

 

The vineyard is managed by  Charles Chevallier, Technical Director of the Bordeax Châteaus, assisted by Operations Manager Jean Pascal Vazart.

 

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Winemaking

The vat room and cellars were rebuilt in 2004 to make them better suited to plot selection. The grapes from each plot are separated into batches in order to judge their potential for use in the Grand Vin at the end of fermentation.

 

Traditional and modern winemaking methods are closely associated in all of the winery’s operations. Fermentation in vats is carried out using the traditional method of pumping over and controlled maceration, with frequent tasting. Once fermentation is completed, the wine is matured in oak barrels for 18 months. Rigorous selection is carried out in producing Château L’Évangile and the second wine, Blason de L’Évangile.

The average production of Château L’Évangile and its second wine Blason de L’Évangile is 5,000 cases.

 

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People

  • Baron Eric de Rothschild

    A unique terroir, irresistible, very different from the Médoc but absolutely outstanding.”

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 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château L´Evangile . In a tasting of  20 wines 

2011 Quintorelli Giusseppe Amarone della Valpolicella Classico – A lighter more elegant Amarone that is beautifully composed, well balanced with a lingering finish. The magic of this wine is the lightness which belies its intensity and concentration. Long finish with layers of floral notes that surfaces at the end.

4m 27d ago

 Neal Martin, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château L´Evangile . In a tasting of  25 wines 

The 1966 Petrus is often overshadowed by the 1961 and 1964, however, it remains a great vintage that has held up well. It has a much more reserved earthier bouquet than those aforementioned vintages, more black than red fruit infused with clove, autumn leaves and mahogany bureau. It is beautifully defined and noble, offering ash-like/fireside hearth scents with aeration. The palate is extremely well balanced with fine tannin that are slightly drier and more rigid than the 1964. That said, this bottle demonstrates more flesh than the previous one a couple of years back, a gentle sprinkling of white pepper towards the statesmanlike finish. This benefits from time in the glass, stretching its arms to reveal a deeper, slightly gripper Petrus than initially observed. Outstanding. Tasted at the Petrus dinner at Hide restaurant in London.

6m 15d ago

 Stephen Tanzer, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château L´Evangile . In a tasting of  18 wines 

Petrus 1961 / Deep red-ruby color with an amber edge. Utterly singular perfumed, high-pitched aromas of loganberry, cherry and flowers. An awesomely concentrated wine of huge power and depth. Chewy with extract and wonderfully sweet and rich. Shows the strong iron note I often get from merlot on the Pomerol plateau, along with superripe suggestions of cherry liqueur and dark chocolate. Finishes with great grip and length, and a bit less sweetness than the middle palate would suggest. Drink now through 2020.

7m 12d ago

 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château L´Evangile . In a tasting of  47 wines 

Penfolds  Series Two 50 Year Old Port NV / Pale tawny-brown in color and exuding an incredibly complex nose of walnuts, gingerbread, Manuka honey, treacle / molasses, plus tons of earth notes that show nuances of bark, loam and fungi and later-emerging wafts of exotic incense and spice notes of sandalwood, cloves and spice cake, the Penfolds Series Two 50 Year Old Port is a very big, rich and intense Port-style wine with a wonderful array of aromas and flavors, a crisp line of acid and an epically long finish. 100 points

1y 1m ago

 Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château L´Evangile . In a tasting of  17 wines 

Magnum tasting with Latour 1970, Petrus 1975, Lafleur 1982 etc.

1y 2m ago

 Jeff Leve, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château L´Evangile . In a tasting of  10 wines 

2009 Petrus is deep ruby with purple tints at the rim of the glass. Spice, plums, blackberries, and blueberries, with cinnamon, clay, mint, mocha, and kirsch, make up the complex perfume. From a blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine is rich, concentrated and packed with surreal levels of glycerin. This viscous, thrilling treat provides a seamless, intensely pure finish of spice, jammy cherries, and chocolate. 100 Pts

1y 2m ago

 Julia Harding MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château L´Evangile . In a tasting of  20 wines 

Penfolds Grange 1990 / 95% Shiraz, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.Smoky coffee and cassis and a little herbal and just a touch leathery. Much more evolved than the 1991. Fine grained and more elegant tannins than the 1986. Fine grip and freshness, dry but not drying. Long and rich and satisfying. (JH)

1y 6m ago

 Michel Bettane, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château L´Evangile . In a tasting of  13 wines 

Petrus 2018 / A Petrus of great dimension with a structure that gains in finesse with the passing weeks and an aromatic scope delivering spices, pepper, iris, marshmallow, violet. Alluring and shining tannins. A legendary vintage for the cru.


99 points

1y 6m ago

 Laila Warner, Sommelier (United States)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château L´Evangile . In a tasting of  20 wines 

The 2018 L'Evangile is composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The Merlot was harvested September 19 to October 2, and the Cabernet Franc was harvested September 25 to October 1.


This is a dense, generous wine with fine fruit and concentrated tannins. I find lots of acidity here but also a solid base of tannins. It has a good, long-term future.

1y 6m ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château L´Evangile . In a tasting of  35 wines 

If I should name the underdog wine region of the world, Loire it is! And more precisely Anjou and Saumur! Lovely range of Moulin Touchais wines from 1971-2006 are so expressive and Guiberteau's red and white wines from the Brézé hill astonishing. Along with these gems, Dean Hewitson's range charmed me with Cote-Rotie-like Ned&Henry's and Hermitage-like Truffle Row. 2018 Lulu Sauvignon Blanc refreshed the palate lovely - the best Sav from Hewitson so far!  

1y 7m ago

 Zhao Dao Lee / Wine Importer, Wine Importer (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château L´Evangile . In a tasting of  13 wines 

Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte 2018 / Already very approachable with an alluring whiff of cocoa that lures you in before disappearing into the core of steeped plum, roasted fig and blackberry coulis notes. Sandalwood, black tea and loam elements fill in on the long and expansive finish.Very good indeed!

1y 9m ago

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