2021 Pomerol Château L'Évangile

Grapes Cab Franc
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol
Village Pomerol
ABV 13.5%

This shows black cherries and mushrooms with bark and chocolate and hints of citrus. It’s medium- to full-bodied with round and velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Very gourmand and enticing. Second wine of Chateau L’Evangile but mostly from vineyards with sandy soils. 84% merlot and 16% cabernet franc. Drink or hold. Rating: 93 James Suckling, (Jul 2024)

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Exhibiting notions of sweet red berries, plums and rose petals, the 2021 Blason de l'Evangile is medium-bodied, lively and charming, with bright acids and powdery tannins. The estate's holdings near Château Beauregard were frosted, meaning that quantities are rather depleted this year. It's a blend of 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc. Rating: 88-90 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Jun 2022)

84 Merlot, 16 Cabernet Franc | Production was less than 20000 bottles | 13.5% | 20 hl/ha Winemaker Juliette Couderc arrived at L’Evangile in September 2020. Not a bad vintage to start at this legendary estate. Little did she know that the next vintage would be one of the most testing of her career. There are few people as passionate and indeed detailed as Juliette. Her recollection of every moment, challenge and qualified success during the 2021 74 vintage is seared into her memory. As it should be because she made two exceptional wines this year. What a shame that the yields were so low, but when your wines taste this good, your pride in your teammates must be sky-high. Blason is usually made from the sandier plots at Evangile, and so it was in 2021. Wisely, no new oak is employed here, which allows the amazingly refreshing and evocative fruit to shine. Concrete tanks, foudres and 8% amphoras will cradle this beauty until it is ready for bottling. I expect there to be a queue assembled outside the winery on the date that this wine is packed into its cartons because the production is so minuscule, and yet this wine will no doubt be ready to sample, such is the clarity and enthusiasm it already shows in the glass, that if you are not in the line-up you will inevitably miss out. Rating: 17 Matthew Jukes (Jun 2022)

The 2021 Blason de L'Évangile has a well-defined bouquet of blackberry, raspberry and briar scents, nicely focused, and not powerful but cohesive. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple entry. Not a complex Deuxième Vin, yet it does convey a sense of drinkability. A touch of spice enlivens the finish. Fine. Drinking range: 2026 - 2035 Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, (May 2022)

Château L'Évangile

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 79% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are aged in barrel for between 12 and 24 months, although in more recent vintages they, like many producers in France, have also used larger oak foudres, amphorae and concrete vats alongside the traditional barriques bordelaises of 225 l.

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