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2020 Chateau L'Evangile Pre-Arrival Offer
Long considered one of the top three wines of Pomerol (along with Petrus and Vieux
Chateau Certan), Chateau L’Evangile is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc and
produce a full bodied, rich, opulent, and long lived wine. The Chateau is under the same
ownership as Chateau Lafite Rothschild.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2020 L'Evangile rolls effortlessly out of the glass with
notions of mulberries, black raspberries and stewed red and black plums, plus suggestions
of Indian spices, dusty soil and violets with a touch of iron ore. The medium to full-
bodied palate possesses compelling freshness and a fine-grained texture to support the
muscular black and red fruits, finishing long and earthy. This 2020 blend of 88% Merlot
and 12% Cabernet Franc has an alcohol of 14.5% and a pH of 3.8.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (May 2021)
The 2020 L'Évangile is fabulous. Aromatic, deep and fleshy, with magnificent purity of
fruit, L'Évangile dazzles right out of the gate. Bright Franc aromatics add striking lift
as well as vibrancy that carries through to the long, delineated finish. There is an
energy to the 2020 that is palpable. Harvest for the Merlot began on September 3, ahead
of a heat wave that was forecast, and wrapped up on the 14th for the Merlot and the 21st
for the Franc. That approach worked so well here. In the past, L'Évangile and Lafite-
Rothschild were very different stylistically, but that seems to be changing now that
Saskia de Rothschild is spending a great deal of her time in Pomerol with the new
winemaking team. The estate, certified biodynamic as of 2021, has been pursuing a more
refined approach for a few years, but 2020 is the first recent vintage where the
personality of the year seems to have aligned especially well with the current thinking
here. The 2020 L'Évangile is easily the most Lafite-like L'Évangile I have ever tasted.
Don't miss it!
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
This is so floral and pure, showing crushed-grape character with some walnut and crunchy
seeds. It’s full-bodied, juicy and fresh. Purity of fruit. Juicy and long. 88% merlot and
12% cabernet franc.
Described as a new age for l’Evangile by the estate, their 2020 Château L'Evangile showed
beautifully, with the pure, elegant yet still ripe, beautifully concentrated style of the
estate these days. Rocking levels of crème de cassis, black cherries, blueberries,
graphite, and violets all emerge from the glass, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a
terrific sense of purity, present, ripe yet firm tannins, and a great finish. It's a
promising, elegant yet at the same time powerful 2020 that's going to benefit from 4-5
years of bottle age and keep for 20-25 years or more. The blend is 88% Merlot and 12%
Cabernet Franc, all raised in 60% new French oak.
Dark garnet in color, initially you notice all the truffle, flowers, dark cocoa and plums
with a touch of licorice in the aromatics. On the palate the wine is rich, lush, velvety
and full-bodied. There is a beautiful richness to the texture on the mid-palate and in
the opulen finish with its wealth of chocolate, espresso, black plum and sweet Morello
cherries. The endnote lingers, which is what you need, as this tastes and feels so good,
you want more of it. If you can, give this a decade of age this will really be singing.
The wine blends 88% Merlot with 12% Cabernet Franc, 14.5% ABV. Yields were low at 32
hectoliters per hectare. The Grand Vin was made from 50% of the harvest.
Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider
The sculpting of L'Evangile that began over the past few vintages continues, and the 2020
is a gorgeous wine. Pristine fruit, silky with a whoosh of menthol. It elevates over the
palate, both dense and light, with blueberry and raspberry fruits, and pulses of bitter
almond and honeysuckle on the finish that gives focus and spice. Juliette Couderc joined
L'Evangile (from DBR Lafite's Long Dai winery) in September 2020 so for the harvest of
this wine, working alongside technical director Olivier Tregoat. 50% first wine, with no
Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend this year because it was so over-concentrated that it
made too much impact. Increased selective harvesting meant going through vineyard plots
six times to bring in the grapes as they ripened. A yield of 32hl/ha. In the final year
of organic conversion, so this next vintage 2021 will be certified.
Jane Anson - Decanter
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- There is no minimum order unless stated.
- All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.
- Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.
- The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2023.
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