2020 Château L'Evangile Pomerol
A gem of a Pomerol from Chateau l'Evangile. This winery was one of the first to own a vineyard on the oh so famous Pomerol plateau. The time-honored estate became part of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) in 1990 who wanted to ensure that the chateau was maintained to the same high standards as DBR. The initial influence of DBR (Lafite) included a more refined selection of the Grand Vin and making Blason de L'Évangile as a second wine. A lot of work was also done to improve the vineyard. The wines of this winery are described as full-bodied and elegant with an incomparable finesse!
Chateau l'Évangile has a vinification method where tradition and modern techniques go hand in hand. In 2004, the barrel room and cellars were completely rebuilt to make them more suitable for plot selection. The grapes from each plot are kept separate in batches in order to assess, batch by batch, the potential at the end of fermentation. Traditional and modern methods are also closely linked in winemaking. The fermentation in barrels is carried out using the traditional method of pumping over and controlled maceration, under frequent tasting. Once fermentation is complete, the wine is aged for a further 18 months in 70% new oak barrels. Average annual production of this wine is between 2,000 and 3,000 bottles. From the 2018 vintage, the Chateau l'Evangile Pomerol was certified organic for the first time.
This beautiful wine is deep garnet purple in color with beautiful shimmers of violet. The nose is very intense with some earthy notes and really luscious scents of ripe black cherries, dried mulberries, plums and blueberries with light vanilla and toasted notes and a hint of chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the taste is delicious, full and generous, concentrated with a long finish. Grape varieties: 80 - 90% Merlot, 10 - 20% Cabernet Franc.
The winemaker recommends decanting this wine (at least 2 hours) and provides the following guidelines regarding the question: " How long should an old vintage decant?" Contrary to popular belief, decanting is especially required for young wines. They need to be opened to bring out their full flavour. The time required varies between 2 and 24 hours, depending on the wine and the vintage, as wines with strong tannins generally require more time.
Old vintages do not need to be decanted for a long time, the bottle can be opened 1 to 2 hours before tasting. At Lafite, the cellar master always performs a double decantation of red wines:
- decant in carafe
- clean the bottle
-and filling the bottle with the decanted wine
Decanting is recommended, even if only for a very short time, as it allows the aromas to open up.
Chateau l'Évangile is a Bordeaux house located on the very famous Pomerol plateau. The winery owned one of the first vineyards of the Pomerol. The Château L'Évangile estate was founded by the Léglise family from Libourne. They were actively involved in the construction of the vineyards of Pomerol in the middle of the 18th century. L'Évangile appeared in the 1741 register under the name of Fazilleau.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the estate was already close to its current state, with an area of about 13 hectares, when it was sold to a lawyer named Isambert. This lawyer named the estate "L'Évangile". The estate was purchased in 1862 by Paul Chaperon. His descendants, the Ducasse family, remained the owners of the estate until 1990. Paul Chaperon continued to build the estate's reputation and built the residence of L'Évangile 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".
After the death of Paul Chaperon in 1900, the estate was run by his descendants. In 1957, Louis Ducasse took over the estate, which had fallen into disrepair at the time and was also damaged by the frost in 1956. He managed to replant the vineyard and eventually restore it to its former glory. In 1982, his widow Simone Ducasse continued to manage the estate.
In 1990, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) acquired the L'Évangile estate from the Ducasse family. They wanted to ensure that the property was maintained to the same high standards as DBR's. The initial influence of DBR (Lafite) included a more refined selection of the Grand Vin and the creation of Blason de L'Évangile as a second wine. Much work was also done to improve the vineyard with a restoration and (partial) renewal plan launched in 1998. The complete renovation of the barrel room and cellar, which was completed in 2004, completed the new state of the property.
The vintages from 1995 to 2005 were a very remarkable decade and crowned the successful work. The vintages 1995, 1996, 2000 and especially 2005 were judged to be truly exceptional!
Chateau l'Évangile has a vinification method where tradition and modern techniques go hand in hand. In 2004, the barrel room and cellars were completely rebuilt to make them more suitable for plot selection. The grapes from each plot are kept separate in batches in order to assess their potential for use in the Grand Vin at the end of fermentation. Traditional and modern winemaking methods are closely linked in all activities of the winery. The fermentation in barrels is carried out using the traditional method of pumping over and controlled maceration, with frequent tasting. Once fermentation is complete, the wine is aged for 18 months in oak barrels.
A strict selection is carried out in the production of 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.
|Available as of
|Mar 31, 2023
|Type of Wine
|Cabernet Franc, Merlot
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Earthy, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Flexible, Tannines
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard