Château L’Évangile

Pomerol

Château L’Evangile’s wines are described in an old edition of “Grand Vins de Bordeaux”, as “full-bodied and elegant, with incomparable finesse”.

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Château L’Évangile Pomerol
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Vintages

  • Vintage 2012

    • 93% Merlot
    • 7% 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, dark colour with hints of violet. Very fruity nose with dark berries (Morello cherries, blackcurrants) and fresh notes of mocha and toast. On the palate, the attack is refined and silky, with a powerful, balanced tannic structure. The texture is dense and very velvety thanks to the ripe, well-coated tannins. The finish is long with fruity notes, but is dominated by the quality of the tannins.

  • Vintage 2011

    • 94% Merlot
    • 6% 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)

    Dense, intense colour with hints of violet. Powerful, lingering, expressive, very ripe, concentrated nose, with notes of Morello cherries and blackcurrants. The attack is dense and concentrated with very ripe, powerful tannins. The palate is mature, rich and smooth with a silky finish that is highlighted by the very high quality tannins.

  • Vintage 2010

    • 88% Merlot
    • 12% 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)

    Dark, almost black colour, with hints of purple. Dense, lingering, expressive, very ripe, concentrated nose with notes of Morello cherries, raspberries and mocha. The attack is powerful and concentrated with very ripe, terrifically dense tannins. The palate is mature, rich and concentrated with a very silky finish, supported by a delightful freshness.

  • Vintage 2009

    • 95% Merlot
    • 5% 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, almost black colour, with hints of purple. Dense, powerful, expressive, very ripe, concentrated nose with notes of Morello cherries, raspberries and toast. The attack is full, generous and dense with very silky tannins and great depth. The palate is long, rich and concentrated with a very creamy finish, remaining supple due to a delightful freshness.

  • Vintage 2008

    • 88% Merlot
    • 12% Cabernet Franc

    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)

    Dense, dark colour with hints of violet. Intense nose with mocha, stone fruit, violets and spices. Generous and full-bodied in the mouth, with a powerful yet harmonious texture. Smooth finish with lots of very soft tannins that remain dense without being aggressive.

  • Vintage 2007

    • 84% Merlot
    • 16% Cabernet Franc

    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 and required increase technical surveillance. Fine weather stabilised at the beginning of September, enabling good, peaceful ripening of the grapes. This vintage is characterised by a year of 13 lunar cycles and a longer than usual growth cycle.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Discreet on the nose. Very round on the palate, full-bodied attack and a generous mid-palate. Delicate with solid texture. Very well-integrated oak.

  • Vintage 2006

    • 86% Merlot
    • 14% Cabernet Franc

    The mild spring was followed by lovely weather in July and quite a cool August. These conditions produced nicely ripened grapes with lots of freshness. At the beginning of September the sun came back in full force, bringing the phenolic maturity to a perfect finish.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    A dense colour and a nose with notes of raspberry and fresh blackcurrant. Spicy, roasted and truffle aromas follow on the attack. Despite a powerful first impression, the elegant tannins bring great finesse and the finish is very silky and smooth.

     

  • Vintage 2005

    • 87% Merlot
    • 13% Cabernet Franc

    The 2005 vintage will be remembered for its exceptional, almost unheard of weather conditions. Spring was warm, followed by an early drought in July, August and September giving the grapes exceptional richness in sugar and polyphenols. A great vintage was born!

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    The wine presents a dark colour. The nose is intense with blackberries and fresh blackcurrants. Spicy, grilled, truffle notes develop after the array of flavours found on the attack. Dense, ample, elegant structure. Delicate ripe tannins coat the palate despite their power, further enhancing the wine’s balance. Truffle and cocoa notes on the finish.

     

  • Vintage 2004

    • 89% Merlot
    • 11% 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.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    The vintage is showing an intense nose with toasted, vanilla notes. There are also fresh fruit notes, mainly raspberry, blackberry and blackcurrant. The wine is very intense on the palate, with silky ripe tannins. A long and powerful finish.

     

  • Vintage 2003

    • 79% Merlot
    • 21% Cabernet Franc

    This vintage was characterized by the exceptional heatwave during the first two weeks of August, with temperatures above 40°C, combined with low rainfall throughout the growth cycle. Delays in ripening during the summer resulted in very early harvests with very low yields. 

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    The wine is delightful, fresh and delicate. A solid backbone with elegant, firm tannins. Fig and violet notes accompany the silky structure of this wine that has good potential to improve with age.

  • Vintage 2002

    • 76% Merlot
    • 24% Cabernet Franc

    At the beginning of the year the weather conditions were average but improved towards the ripening period. The warm, dry winter was followed by a rather cold, rainy period during flowering which led to incidents of coulure and millerandage (poor fertilization with mixed size berries). Fortunately, the cold July and August were followed by a superb September: dry, hot and sunny with a north-east wind, enabling the ripening process to speed up. The sun shone throughout the harvests without a single drop of rain. The Merlot was picked from 25 September until 3 October. The Cabernet Franc was picked non-stop afterwards, and the harvests finished on the afternoon of the 4th.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    A deep red colour with purple highlights. A fine blackcurrant and raspberry nose with notes of spices, coffee and cocoa. A direct, fresh attack with lots of fruit on a powerful, smooth tannic structure. Full-bodied and long on the palate with a balanced, complex finish.

     

  • Vintage 2001

    • 79% Merlot
    • 21% Cabernet Franc

    2001 had a longer growing season than usual, with flowering taking place during the normal period, but with late, uneven ripening. The Merlot grapes were harvested between 25 September and 2 October, with rigorous selection due to mixed sized berries. The Cabernet Franc was harvested between 8 and 9 October under a fine autumn sun. 

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    A classic vintage with vanilla and tropical fruit notes on the nose evolving to very ripe red fruit aromas. The woody notes are very mellow. The attack in the mouth is intense and sophisticated. This wine is very elegant and the high alcohol content balances the powerful structure. Smooth tannins with a long, fine finish, ending with superb fruit.

     

  • Vintage 2000

    • 91% Merlot
    • 9% Cabernet Franc

    We finished the century with a growing season just as early as in 1999. After a rainy spring, the summer was relatively overcast, but without much rain. During August, dry weather and heatwave temperatures resulted in the first Merlot being harvested on 15 September. The Cabernet Franc was not harvested until the 27 September, so that the grapes could fully ripen. This patient wait for maturity paid off in the form of a silky, supple grand vin

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Black colour, with a deep bouquet and a long, solid, silky, rich palate. Fine, velvety texture. A great vintage that will improve with age for a long time.

     

  • Vintage 1999

    • 80% Merlot
    • 20% Cabernet Franc

    1999 was a typical year for our technicians. A lot of work was required in the vineyard throughout the year. High temperatures and regular rain resulted in excellent quality grapes.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    The result is a distinguished vintage of the highest quality. Its colour is deep red with tinges of violet; the bouquet is deep and intense with aromas of ripe blackberries, spices, and liquorice. The palate is dense and silky, with a tight texture. The maturity of the fruit is already remarkable.

     

  • Vintage 1998

    • 72% Merlot
    • 28% Cabernet Franc

    Blossoming was early and uniform. We had beautiful weather in July, followed by a hot, dry August, and then a few welcome thunderstorms in early September. This weather made for a promising vintage. Rain on 15 September complicated the harvest, but by then the Merlot had either already been picked or was about to be.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    The result was a predominance of Merlot in this vintage. The colour is dark, and it has an expressive, very pure bouquet. The attack on the palate is powerful, rich and silky palate; the finish is exceptionally long. This is a fine vintage that will age for a very long time.

  • Vintage 1997

    • 70% Merlot
    • 30% Cabernet Franc

    In terms of weather, the year alternated between hot and dry conditions through to mid-April and May, causing an exceptionally early growing season. There were some tropical storms during the summer months. The Merlot harvest began on 9 September and continued for a month with several pauses to give the grapes time to fully ripen, helped by the sunny weather.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Deep red colour, and a fruity bouquet. This wine is silky and harmonious on the palate. A very well-balanced, distinguished vintage.

     

  • Vintage 1996

    • 70% Merlot
    • 30% Cabernet Franc

    The August rains were the only worrying aspect of a year that was otherwise ideal in terms of weather. This rain did slightly disrupt the healthy development of the Merlot grapes, and we had to take this into account during the harvests. 

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    This vintage has a very deep purple colour, and an expressive bouquet. The attack on the palate is firm, tannic and very elegant. A balanced, harmonious vintage that will age magnificently.