L'Evangile 1998


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Tasting Notes

Score: 95+Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

"A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc aged in 45% new oak, this terrific l'Evangile is stuffed with concentrated blackberry and raspberry fruit. There is also an acacia-like floral character that gives the wine even more complexity. Notes of toffee, licorice, and truffles add to the aromatic fireworks. The wine is full-bodied, with superb purity as well as moderate tannin in the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2020+.

Score: 92+Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

Score: 92/94+Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

Score: 90/92Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999

Tasted from an ex-château bottle in London, the 1998 L'Evangile is turning into a splendid Pomerol. It has a very expressive bouquet with Cabernet Franc sitting prominently above the blackberry and dark cherry fruit, hints of tobacco and black truffle developing nicely. The palate is medium-bodied and just like the aromatics, beautifully defined. There is something sensual about this L'Evangile, which is normally one of the most structured wines from the Pomerol plateau. That initial burst of fruit is replaced by earthier Cabernet Franc notes towards the finish and these become more accentuated after 20-30 minutes in the glass. This is a Château L'Evangile that has more to give, so allow it another 4-5 years in the cellar. Tasted February 2016. Drink 2020-2045.

Score: 94Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, July 2016

Score: 95/100James Suckling, Wine Spectator

Meaty, sweet, evolved nose. Quite brutal and harsh. Utterly uncharming with very pronounced tannins. Overdone. Bit too much oak but no shortage of concentration

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2006

Consistently one of Pomerol's top producers. 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc.The nose jumps out of the glass with serious and deep earthy aromas. A big wine. It has wonderfully ripe, intense fruit and an almost toffee richness. Very well balanced and structured with an impressive, long, focused finish. Very classy and classic.

New tasting note: 09/10/2015
This is very close to being absolutely in its drinking sweet spot. If you have the patience, then give this another 2 or 3 years and it will be really singing. Having said that, it was delicious on this occassion. The nose is aromatically somewhat towards the left-bank, with notes of pencil lead, cedar and stones. On the palate the sweet, plush fruit, the glossy mothfeel and the chocolate tinged finish shows the Pomerol heritage. The considerable use of oak in the winemaking process means that this is just turning in to the great wine it is, now that the oak is almost fully intergrated - perhaps just a hint off it still present on the back of the palate. This is a great wine and just about to hit its prime.

Score: 17.5Farr Vintners, June 1999

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