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  • Country ranking ?

    985
  • Producer ranking ?

    19
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    Porcini Mushroom Risotto with Gorgonzola Cheese

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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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Vintage 2017

This year, the frost forced us to carry out extraordinary selection within the plots, meticulously marking the vines affected by frost and those that had been spared, and this continued until the harvest, which required intricate sorting. A classic maceration of 30 days and promising blends in January have confirmed our impressions of a vintage with balance between great aromatic freshness, quality of tannins and length.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Youthful, Ruby red and Clear

ending

Long and Spicy

flavors

Cranberry, Plum, Coffee, Toasty, Mineral and Chocolate

nose

Open and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Well-structured, Developing, Medium-bodied, Fresh, Fruity, Dry and Hard tannins

Verdict

Excellent

Written Notes

First vintage with Merlot only. Ruby. Blueberries, anise, scented, detailed, nuanced, floral, faint minerals, denser nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, ripe, rich, fruity, blackberries, rich and intense, smooth texture, velvety, bit of alcohol warmth, long. 14,6 alcohol. Going towards biodynamic growing. 94-96

  • 95p

A wine with 100% Merlot with a dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Excellent fruit, blackberries, black cherries, discreet hints of vanilla, gingerbread spices, hints of violets in the background. On the palate mature tannins, wonderful sweet fruit, excellent length with lingering mild spices and liquorice. A great wine with depth and wonderful tension creating a real class. 98

  • 98p
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Origin

Pomerol, Pomerol

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Fake factory

None

Inside Information

Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2017 L'Evangile is deep garnet-purple in color, featuring a profoundly scented nose of plum preserves, smoked meats, chargrill and cigar box with touches of licorice, tapenade, tar and truffles plus an earthy waft of underbrush. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a lovely purity of black and blue fruits, accented with baking spice notions and framed by plush tannins that offer just the right amount of provocative grip, finishing long and earthy.

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