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  • Country ranking ?

    675
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    roast Duck Breast with Dried Cherry Sauc

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The Story

The Léglise family from Libourne founded what is now Château L’Evangile. They were actively involved, around the middle of the 18th century, in building the Pomerol vineyard. L’Evangile appeared in the 1741 land registry under the name of Fazilleau.

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

Upon the death of Paul Chaperon around 1900, his descendants ran the estate until Louis Ducasse took over the property, which was then in decline and damaged by the frosts of 1956. He put forth great efforts in renewing the vineyard and restoring the L’Evangile name. In 1982, his widow, Simone Ducasse, continued the family’s role in running the estate.

In 1990, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) acquired L’Evangile from the Ducasse family. DBR was interested in bringing sustained care to the operation. DBR’s initial influence included a more refined selection of the fine wines, and the creation of Blason de L’Evangile as a second wine. Efforts also included enhancing the vines’ health with a restoration and renewal plan partially completed until 1998. The complete renovation of the vat room and the cellar which was finished in 2004 allowed the property to complete its new configuration.

The estate occupies a very strategic position. It is bordered to the north by the vineyards of Château Pétrus, and is separated from Cheval Blanc in Saint-Emilion to the south by nothing more than a secondary road.


The surface area is of 16 hectares composed of sandy clay soils with pure stones, with the bedrock featuring iron oxide. The grape varieties are made up of Merlot (80%) which contributes to the fruity flavour and body, as well as the unmistakable suppleness; Bouchet, the local name of Cabernet Franc is included (20%) for its finesse. Traditional techniques are used. Production is limited and harvesting and other work carried out throughout the year is done manually.

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

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Wine Information

Vintage 2010 / After a fairly wet winter, the fine weather arrived to stay in April. Conditions were ideal: hot and dry, with water reserves maintained by a few rainy spells in June and September, while high temperatures combined with cool nights enabled the grapes to ripen slowly and steadily.

The Merlot and Cabernet were thus excellent in terms of quality, but slightly lower in quantity compared to previous years due to the lack of rain during the summer. This is a very high quality vintage with beautifully ripened grapes and excellent expressions of tannins.

Tasting note (at bottling):
Dark, almost black colour, with hints of purple. Dense, lingering, expressive, very ripe, concentrated nose with notes of Morello cherries, raspberries and mocha. The attack is powerful and concentrated with very ripe, terrifically dense tannins. The palate is mature, rich and concentrated with a very silky finish, supported by a delightful freshness.

Merlot 88%
Cabernet Franc 12%
 

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Tasting note

color

Medium, Purple and Dark

ending

Long, Flavorful and Smooth

flavors

Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Floral, Perfumed and Spice

nose

Fresh, Seductive, Refined and Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, High alcohol content, Medium tannin, Well-Integrated, Perfectly balanced, Concentrated, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Fragrant, Refined, Focused and Silky tannins

Verdict

Intelligent and Outstanding

Written Notes

This Pomerol displays a dark red colour and offers a remarkable intensity of scrumptious, fresh dark fruits. It gives off pleasant mocha, raspberry, wild strawberry and black cherry notes. Precise, frank and elegant, the palate offers a strong attack with a good concentration of distinguished, ripped, creamy and silky tannins. The finish remainsfresh on the whole which gives a character of aromatic richness to this 2010 Pomerol Evangile. Itr offers a good ageing potential. 

  • 98p

The nose is subtle on very fresh Burlat cherry, smashed blackberry and pine forest aromas, conferring this Pomerol an unexpected southern character. The attack is smooth, nervous and gradually gives way to blended, juicy and creamy tannins with elegant grain on the mid-palate. In retro-olfaction, black fruit aromas echo the nose's aromatic palette. This balanced wine is brilliant. One of the best Evangile ever.

  • 97p

A perfect vintage based on 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, presenting a dark purple red colour with garnet red hue and a black core. The nose is very elegant and initially slightly closed but extremely promising with a lot of hidden power. The aroma is reminiscent of dark chocolate, vanilla and hints of toasted gingerbread, backed by blackberries, mulberries and hints of flowery aroma. On the palate chocolaty, with succulent fruit, a wonderful sweetness, balanced tannins, ripe fruit and excellent length. A wine with enormous potential, demanding more time for evolution. 

  • 98p

Tasted in May 2013. Excellent intensity of black cherries, grated chocolate, cocoa powder, truffles (iron oxide), very dense and precise, tight and fat on the palate, perfect ripeness of fruit and tannin, long, long finish that lasts for 1 minute. Exceptional stuff.

  • 98p
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Origin

Pomerol, Pomerol

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None
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