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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.
Truly an « enfant terrible », 2018 turned out to be one of the most beautiful vintages at the Château L’Évangile, an emblematic reference of the Pomerol appellation, on the right bank of Bordeaux.
The first half of 2018 was subject to very heavy rain, which caused a strong mildew pressure between May and July, even on the vineyard of Château L’Évangile. It was not until mid-July that the summer arrived, bringing high temperatures and causing great hydraulic stress for the vines. The old vines planted on the great terroirs of Château L'Évangile did very well. Finally, the month of September saw beautiful days and great thermal amplitudes, allowing for a calm harvest. The harvest began on September 19 with Merlot, followed by Cabernet Franc from September 25 to end on October 2.
A magnificent expression of the Pomerol terroir, the Château L'Évangile 2018 rewarded all the efforts of the estate’s technical teams, who worked endlessly to allow the vine to express itself fully.
A blend of Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Franc (20%), the Château L'Évangile 2018 expresses all the typicality of each variety in a wine of exceptional quality. A great vintage of Château L'Évangile, marking 150 years of viticulture at the Domaines Barons de Rothschild.
2018 was a special year at Château L’Evangile, as it was the first vintage to be produced with organic certification.
However, the weather conditions proved to be challenging. The ten-day flowering period was particularly nerve-racking, with seven consecutive days of rain.
As a result of the heavy rainfall, mildew attacked the flowers, destroying a substantial proportion of the potential harvest.
Fortunately, from mid-July onwards, the weather improved, providing excellent ripening conditions until the harvests. This first year with organic certification yielded grapes of extraordinary quality, the best we have seen in the last 20 years.