Blason de L’Évangile

Pomerol

Blason de L’Evangile is selected from the same vats that are used to make the Grand Vin. It has characteristics similar to the Grand Vin, but less potential for ageing as it is matured in barrels for a shorter period of time. It should be drunk younger than its more robust counterpart.

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Blason de L’Évangile Pomerol

Vintages

  • Vintage 2012

    • 67% Merlot 67%
    • 33% Cabernet Franc

    A complex year with a lot of ups and downs! The beginning of the year was difficult with periods of intense cold and humidity, resulting in a mixed flowering and significant losses in terms of yields. The beginning and the middle of the summer saw some fine sunny periods but also brought high levels of humidity. Fortunately, conditions in August and September were excellent which enabled the grapes to ripen very satisfactorily, and to present good potential. Due to rain, the harvest was spread over three weeks; this was unusual, but ultimately gave satisfactory results. 

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Deep, clear colour with hints of violet. Fruity nose of red berries (raspberries and redcurrants) with notes of toast. On the palate, the attack is clean with a well-enveloped, balanced tannic structure. The texture is very velvety thanks to the ripe, well-coated tannins. The finish is fruity but it is the quality of the tannins that dominates.

  • Vintage 2011

    • 85% Merlot
    • 15% Cabernet Franc

    2011 was characterized by a very dry winter and start to the spring. Barely 150 mm of rain during the first five months of the year: a record! High temperatures in April, May and June caused the vines to grow very quickly, resulting in the first flowers appearing remarkably early, at the beginning of May!
    A cooler July gave the vines a chance to rest a little before an exceptionally hot August (with an average temperature of 31°C for the month). The grapes were harvested two weeks earlier than usual, and were of excellent quality with superb tannins. The Merlot was rich and dense, but the low rainfall during the summer seriously reduced yields. The Cabernet grapes were small, with thick skins, but of very good quality.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Deep colour with hints of violet. Fresh, fruity nose (raspberry, Morello cherry, blackcurrants) with notes of mocha. Fine attack with fruity notes and silky tannins. The palate is long, and very fruity thanks to the well-ripened tannins.

  • Vintage 2010

    • 89% Merlot
    • 11% Cabernet Franc

    After a fairly wet winter, the fine weather arrived to stay in April. Conditions were ideal: hot and dry, with water reserves maintained by a few rainy spells in June and September, while high temperatures combined with cool nights enabled the grapes to ripen slowly and steadily.
    The Merlot and Cabernet were thus excellent in terms of quality, but slightly lower in quantity compared to previous years due to the lack of rain during the summer. This is a very high quality vintage with beautifully ripened grapes and excellent expressions of tannins.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Dense, deep, dark colour. Fresh, fruity nose (raspberry, Morello cherry, blackcurrant) with notes of toast. The attack is refined and silky with fruity notes and delicate, ripe tannins. 

  • Vintage 2009

    • 76% Merlot
    • 24% Cabernet Franc

    After a complex start to the growth season due to persistent damp conditions, fine weather finally arrived to stay at the end of June. The summer was hot and dry, punctuated in July, August and September with periods of light rain that prevented any water stress from developing. Fairly high day time temperatures combined with fine cool nights favoured slow ripening.
    The Merlot developed very full flavour, with levels of ripeness and potential alcohol that are rarely reached.The Cabernet Franc grapes remained rather small with thick skins, which reduced the volume of the harvest but had a very positive effect on the quality, with excellent levels of ripeness and expression of tannins.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Dark, dense, deep colour with hints of dark purple. The nose is refined, fresh and fruity (raspberry,blackcurrant) with subtle, elegant notes of mocha and coffee. The attack is generous with fruity notes and delicate tannins. The palate is long, powerful and silky due to the very ripe tannins. The finish is enveloped in a rich creaminess.

  • Vintage 2008

    • 100% Merlot

    After a grey, wet spring, resulting in a late, problematic flowering (a huge amount of fruit failing to set, explaining the very low yield of 27 hl/ha), we had a dry, sunny July. An overcast August helped to preserve a fine freshness before wonderful weather in September and October enabled the grapes to fully ripen.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Intense, deep colour; direct, open, fruity nose, with a fine expression of terroir for this 100% Merlot wine. In the mouth, it is big, full-bodied and heady with fresh notes of dark fruit. The finish is long, with a mellow, balanced, deep tannic structure.

  • Vintage 2007

    • 100% Merlot

    After a cold damp winter, the high temperatures in March and April were good for the start of growth. This was followed by a long, mild, grey period, without extremes, which lasted until August. These conditions required increased supervision of the vines. The good weather stabilised at the beginning of September, enabling the grapes to ripen in peace. This vintage was characterised by a year of 13 lunar cycles and a longer than usual growth season.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Pure Merlot, ripe, expressive and open. A little closed at first on the palate, but after a little while it opens up showing good substance with sensuous notes – a good thirst-quenching wine!

  • Vintage 2006

    • 87% Merlot
    • 13% Cabernet Franc

    The mild spring was followed by lovely weather in July and quite a cool August. These conditions resulted in ripe grapes with lots of freshness. At the beginning of September the sun came back in full strength to bring the phenolic maturity to a perfect finish.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Dense, deep colour. Expressive nose of red fruits, blackcurrant and blackberry enhanced by light spicy notes. Silky on the palate, balanced and subtle tannins with a velvety finish. Notes of cherries at the end. A very promising wine.

     

  • Vintage 2005

    • 85% Merlot
    • 15% Cabernet Franc

    The 2005 vintage will be remembered for the exceptional weather conditions, that were very rare for the region! A mild spring and cool June enabled the grapes to keep all of their freshness, while  July, August and September brought high levels of sugar and polyphenols.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Elegant and powerful nose accompanied by notes of black cherry and mocha. Dense, smooth, powerful attack on the palate revealing silky tannins and great aromatic complexity.
    Gentle finish with notes of black stone-fruit.

  • Vintage 2004

    • 73% Merlot
    • 27% Cabernet Franc

    The 2004 vintage was marked by moderate rainfall in the winter, lots of rain in spring and a dry cool summer. The end of the season was superb, with fine dry weather in September and October resulting in remarkable phenolic maturity in the grapes. When tasted during the primeurs campaign, this vintage was fresh, fruity and intense with spicy notes and a hint of menthol.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    On the palate, the attack is rounded and supple, giving way to ripe, plump, expressive tannins. Silky and slightly toasty on the finish.

     

  • Vintage 2003

    • 75% Merlot
    • 25% Cabernet Franc

    The vintage owes its particular characteristics to the heatwave during the first fortnight of August, with temperatures above 40°C, combined with low rainfall throughout the growth cycle.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    An elegant and balanced wine offering notes of truffle and hazelnut. Supple, silky tannins with a fresh finish.

     

  • Vintage 2002

    • 75% Merlot
    • 25% Cabernet Franc

    It was a paradoxical year in terms of climate, with average weather over a long period but than ideal conditions as the grapes finished ripening. July and August were rather cool months, but fortunately September was superb, with dry, sunny weather that accelerated the ripening process. The harvests were carried out from 25 September to 4 October in the sunshine without a drop of rain.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Dark colour with purple highlights. The woody nose is rapidly dominated by fruity aromas. The attack is rich and smooth with an already well-integrated, elegant tannic structure. The finish is long, bringing freshness with notes of blackcurrants.

     

  • Vintage 2001

    • 67% Merlot
    • 33% Cabernet Franc

    2001’s weather was surprising in its unusually long growing season, which pushed harvesting back to October, after flowering had taken place at the normal time. We had to be particularly patient in verifying that the grapes had fully ripened. The harvest took place between 25 September and 9 October, under sunny skies. 

     

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Deep colour. Initially slightly toasted nose which then develops blackcurrant and stone fruit notes. On the palate the direct attack is quickly followed by a solid but well-balanced tannin structure. The fruity finish is a perfect complement to the mellow woody notes.

     

  • Vintage 2000

    • 85% Merlot
    • 15% Cabernet Franc

    A very hot August brought the century to a close with an early harvest. The first Merlot grapes were picked on 15 September, and the Cabernet Franc from 27 September, in pleasant, mild weather. The excellent degree of ripeness of the grapes enabled a very supple, fruity Blason de L’Evangile to be produced, in a similar style to its more distinguished sibling. 

     

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Very dark in colour, with an expressive bouquet. Long, robust palate.

     

  • Vintage 1999

    The Merlot was harvested when it was ripe, just before the rain at the end of September, whereas the Cabernet harvest was complicated by the wet weather. Blason de L’Evangile 1999 has a higher proportion of Cabernet and is less dense than the Château L’Evangile, but nonetheless has a superb structure which promises to age well.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Very dark colour, deep bouquet dominated by notes of the terroir, sophisticated palate.

  • Vintage 1998

    After uniform  flowering and a beautiful July followed by a hot, dry August and a few welcome thunderstorms in early September, the vintage suffered from rain during the harvests. As it is often the case, the Merlot grapes were relatively unaffected.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Blason de L’Evangile 1998 has a dark colour and an expressive bouquet. On the palate the attack is powerful followed by a long finish.