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The 2016 Blason de L'Évangile is bold and racy, with remarkable depth for a second wine. Supple, fruit and easygoing, the 2016 will give readers immense pleasure over the next handful of years. Floral notes and red berry fruit carry the Blason nicely. Blason is built on a core of young-vine Merlot, with 26% Cabernet Franc in the blend. The 2016 spent 14 months in once-used barrels. Drinking range: 2018 - 2026 Rating: 92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Dec 2018)
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The 2016 Blason de l'Evangile is made up of 74% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it features lovely warm red fruit notes—kirsch, raspberry pie and redcurrants—with a core of black plums, cracked pepper, pencil shavings and cloves. Medium-bodied, elegant, refreshing and packed with vivacious red berry flavors, it has a fine-grained texture and long perfumed finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2024 Rating: 91 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com (Nov 2018)
Amazingly deep colour with a bit of herbaceousness. But not aggressively so. This would be a very nice early drink. Lightly drying sandpaper tannins on the end. Good luxurious oak here Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2017)
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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