Pomerol Chateau L’Evangile 1996: Although there has never been any classification for Pomerol wines, Château L'Evangile is undoubtedly among the best wines of the appellation. The domain was created in the middle of the 18th century, by the Léglise family from Libourne, who contributed to the quality of the Pomerol vineyard, alongside the owners of Petrus (Arnaud family), La Conseillante (Catherine Conseillant) and Trotanoy (Giraud family). This vineyard enjoys an exceptional situation within Pomerol between Petrus and Cheval Blanc. Previously called Fazilleau, the domain was named l’Evangile at the beginning of the 19th century, under the guidance of the lawyer Isambert, who was owner until 1862. Paul Chaperon bought the Chateau L'Evangile that remained under the supervision of his descendants, the Ducasse family, until 1990. Since then, l’Evangile has been purchased by the Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). Under the impulse of Jean-Pascal Vazart, new care has been given to the vineyard, new plots were purchased and the wines are more successful each year.
Tasting notes: The medium cherry colour gave away it’s age and that was about the only thing that gave it away. On the nose it was still packed with jammy fruitiness, blueberries, blackberries plums and cassis as well as some candied violets, woody tones here too, elegant notes of cedar, underbrush and dried leaves with just a hint of truffle perhaps. After an hour or two it started to reveal smokiness, fresh ground coffee and dark chocolate. From the first sip this was clearly a full bodied and lengthy wine with great elegance and class. Sure there is lots of alcohol but it’s easily carried by the fruitiness and with a still dry and velvety soft tannic finish this is a great example of what merlot can achieve. As they say, “patience is a virtue”, and this ugly duckling definitely transformed into an elegant swan over the years. Alc 13% Grapes: 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc
Note: 1996 is a good vintage. Average points: 89. The wines from the Medoc can be stunning where the Cabernet excelled. It was a difficult year for Pomerol and St. Emilion. More in wine beyond
Pomerol Chateau L’Evangile 1996
TYPE Still GRAPE
30% Cabernet Franc
STYLE Red ABV 13% SIZE 75cl COUNTRY France
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