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L'Evangile 2006

Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2006L'EvangileBT1 \ 0121,325.001293 RP12147.2222213333393.0093.00Evangile0.7510
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Tasting Notes

The sexy, dark ruby/purple-tinged 2006 l'Evangile achieved 14% natural alcohol, as high as any of the great vintages at this estate. Abundant amounts of dark raspberry and black cherry fruit intertwined with sweet plums and hints of figs as well as spring flowers jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied, fleshy, supple-textured, silky wine. Drink it now or cellar it for 15-20 years.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (181), February 2009

Very silky and caressing on the palate, with a full body and lots of chocolate, coffee and berry character. Refined and elegant, with a long finish. Could use a bit more on the finish.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2007

The first vintage vinified in the new cuvier was 2004. Having 26 cuves allows them to vinify separately the 26 individual parcels that make up the 14 ha estate. Yields were pretty low at 33 hl/ha, after green harvesting. Gentle vinification - remontage (pumping over) thrice daily but never délestage (rack and return). At harvest the grapes showed the same potential as in 2005 in terms of sugar level and tannic maturity. The rain was the starter pistol for the harvest. Total maceration 27 days. 86% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon 50% new oak.
Excellent dark crimson. Fully ripe tarry nose - very mineral indeed. Exciting. Great richness. Rich purple fruit nose. Very round and opulent - maybe not the most concentrated but lovely open charm - very round, one of roundest wines I’ve tasted among 2006s. Very creamy and round. Lovely wine even now! Just enough acidity rather than too much (so common elsewhere). Very long but not for long keeping. Very at ease. Not desperately concentrated. None of the dry rasping tannins on the finish.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2007

Bright ruby-red. Reduced, wild nose offers black raspberry, graphite, tobacco and dried flowers. Sweet, dense and deep, with a lush texture for the year and a chocolatey ripeness to the flavors of leather, game and cedar. For such a pliant, sexy Pomerol, this has lovely verve and backbone.

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2009
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Virtually every estate in this sector of Pomerol (the plateau adjacent to St.-Emilion) enjoyed a terrific 2006 vintage, so it is not surprising that the Rothschild-owned l’Evangile is a knock-out. Yields were a low 33 hectoliters per hectare, and 70% of the crop made it into the grand vin. The alcohol level of 14% is essentially equivalent to that of the 2005. A blend of 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc harvested between September 13-29, it displays a deep ruby/purple color in addition to a sweet bouquet of chocolate, black currants, cherries, licorice, and incense. Velvety tannins, seemingly low acidity, but high concentration and richness make for a stunning wine. This beauty will be ready to drink in 3-5 years, and should keep for 20-25 years.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007
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