|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
85% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc. Oaky nose. A big mouthful of opulent-feeling ripe full fruit. There's a long hit of fruit and the body is thick, but it never quite takes flight - there's no direction, so it comes across and a bit of a lump, albeit a very finely constucted one. Like 2006? Jean Pascal Vazart compares it to 1998 (a superb vintage here), saying it is more powerful than 2010, but with more freshness - but that is what we are failing to find. Super-dense, it is all a bit thick and dumb. It may find expression, but for now this means that it lacks a point of elegance. Rating: 92-93 L&S (Apr 2016)
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Sandwiched between Château Petrus to the north and Château Cheval Blanc to the south are the vineyards of Château l’Evangile. In the latter part of the 19th Century l’Evangile’s wines were rated as second only to Petrus, reflecting the glory of its illustrious neighbours. Château l’Evangile’s origins lay in an estate called Domaine de Mautretat that was broken up in the early years of the 18th Century with a Mme Conseillan taking one part (that went on to be next-door neighbours Château Conseillante) with a reverend gentleman called M. Léglise purchasing the other, to be called Château Fazilleau until renamed l’Evangile – the Gospel – in the late 19th Century, presumably in keeping with having St Peter (Petrus) next door. Today Château l’Evangile is owned by Domaines Baron de Rothschild (Lafite), they having purchased the estate in 1990 from the Ducasse family one of whose forebears, Paul Chaperon, had built the château in 1874. DBR have injected a whole new level of investment and improvement to once again raise l’Evangile to the very top echelon of Pomerol. The 22ha of vineyard and planted for the most part on an usual gravel band that runs through the more usual clay soil. They are planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.
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