Château L'Évangile

About Château L'Évangile

As part of the Lafite Rothschild stable, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) became the sole owners of this beautiful property in 1998. Bringing with them the full power and talent of their Left Bank team, the wines swiftly ascended to the very top of Pomerol, developing a signature style packed with gorgeous fruit and utterly exceptional with bottle age.

 

Despite its relatively recent emergence as a force to be reckoned with on the Right Bank, Château L’Evangile is a monumentally historic estate. First mentioned in local records in 1741, the property seems to have been called Domaine de Fazilleau and Château L’Evangile alternately over the centuries. Its first owners, the Leglise family, were immensely important in the establishment of Pomerol as a great fine wine region, in many ways similar to its current owners the Rothschilds.

 

Viniculture

One of the largest estates in Pomerol at 22 hectares, Château L’Evangile is located on the Eastern side of the appellation near La Conseillante and Cheval Blanc. Being this close to St-Émilion, its soils match more closely with the legendary Cheval Blanc’s gravel corridor sitting atop a subsoil of heavy clay than the classic, pure thick clay of Le Pin, for example.

 

Almost infallibly one of the very earliest ripening sites in the region, this terroir produces what has come to be adored as Château L’Evangile’s signature style of intense, well-judged fruit, concentrated flavours and impossibly silky tannins. Generally a bit less expensive even than Carruades but punching up to Lafite's level, it is a magical estate that has emerged as one of the best in Pomerol. 

 

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15 Products

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Blason de L'Evangile 2016 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £734.87
2016

Blason de L'Evangile 2016 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (93)

There’s pretty decadence and richness to the second wine of L’Evangile with chocolate, meat and spicy character. Very deep sweetness of fruit. Medium body, ripe and round tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink after 2023, but already delicious.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 93 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £734.87
L'Evangile 1967 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,690.94
1967

L'Evangile 1967 (12x75cl)
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 23 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £3,690.94
L'Evangile 1978 (1x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £337.20
1978

L'Evangile 1978 (1x75cl)

Wine Advocate (84)

Showing slightly better than when I last tasted it, the 1978 l'Evangile displays a medium ruby/garnet color with some brown at the edge. Although more herbaceous than most vintages, there is plenty of smoky tea and curranty-flavored fruit, decent body, above average concentration, and a spicy, peppery (atypical) finish. Drink it before the end of this century. Last tasted, 7/93.
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 23 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 1x75cl 11 84 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £337.20
L'Evangile 1981 (9x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,710.10
1981

L'Evangile 1981 (9x75cl)
as per photos Delivery to Storage from 23 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 9x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £1,710.10
L'Evangile 1989 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,868.54
1989

L'Evangile 1989 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

I have been a massive fan of the 1989 Château L'Evangile for many years - the best wine of the decade when it was still under the ownership of the redoubtable Mme. Ducasse, before selling a majority share to Eric de Rothschild in 1990. It fulfils all expectations here with its intense nose of blackberries, raspberry coulis, clove and wild heather. The most surprising aspect is just how backward the aromatics seem to be. The palate is extremely well balanced with fine tannin. The acidity is perfectly pitched with layers of dark berry fruit, black truffle and dried herbs - très Pomerol. Adorned with a velvety texture, is cruises towards a Merlot-driven finish that is one of the most powerful you will find in Pomerol this vintage. On this showing, you could cellar it for another 5-6 years; if not, I strongly recommend a long decant. Tasted January 2016.
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 23 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,868.54
L'Evangile 1995 (1x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £276.00
1995

L'Evangile 1995 (1x75cl)

Stephen Tanzer - Vinous (93+)

Deep red-ruby. Deep, superripe, fully expressed aromas of black raspberry, chocolate, smoke and leather, plus a ripe vegetal nuance that contributes complexity. Velvety, lush and full in the mouth, but rather closed following the bottling; the wine sweetness is currently restrained. Conveys a sense of brooding power. The silky, fine tannins hit the palate very late. A superb vintage for this wine.
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 23 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 1x75cl 7 93+ (ST) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £276.00
L'Evangile 2004 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,580.14
2004

L'Evangile 2004 (12x75cl)

Wine & Spirit Magazine (96)

L'Evangile gives as much pleasure in its aroma as it does in the weightless harmony of its flavors. It's not enough to enumerate the subtle layers of fresh fruit-from wild raspberry to strawberry and darker, succulent cherries-the transcendent floral scents or the clarity with which the oak frames those components. The impression of beauty those flavors impart lasts for minutes. Irresistible.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 96 (WSM) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,580.14
L'Evangile 2009 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £4,271.74
2009

L'Evangile 2009 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

An astonishing effort from the Rothschild family, the 2009 l’Evangile may be the reference point offering from this estate for decades to come. A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc aged in 100% new oak, with 15% natural alcohol, it exhibits a sumptuous bouquet of caramels, black raspberry liqueur, blackberries, violets, graphite and truffles. Thick, viscous flavors are reminiscent of such super-ripe vintages as 1982, 1959, 1949 and 1947. The striking aromatics, massive, full-bodied mouthfeel and multilayered palate that resembles a skyscraper in the mouth offer an abject lesson in great winemaking, extraordinary terroir, and the ability to combine power with precision, elegance and freshness. This is unquestionably a huge wine, but it also possesses mindboggling complexity and finesse. Because of its sheer extract and velvety personality, it will be drinkable in 4-5 years, and will keep for four decades or more where well-stored. The most profound L’Evangile ever made?
Delivery to Storage from 24 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 2 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £4,271.74
L'Evangile 2010 (1x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £529.76
2010

L'Evangile 2010 (1x150cl)

Wine Spectator (94-97)

Gorgeous raspberry ganache, fig and boysenberry fruit is liberally laced with fruitcake and graphite. Superracy, with linzer torte and red licorice taking over the finish. Very long, with lots going on here already. Tasted non-blind. Score range: 94-97
Delivery to Storage from 24 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 1x150cl 1 94-97 (WS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £529.76
L'Evangile 2010 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,464.47
2010

L'Evangile 2010 (6x75cl)

Wine Spectator (94-97)

Gorgeous raspberry ganache, fig and boysenberry fruit is liberally laced with fruitcake and graphite. Superracy, with linzer torte and red licorice taking over the finish. Very long, with lots going on here already. Tasted non-blind. Score range: 94-97
Delivery to Storage from 24 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 94-97 (WS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,464.47
L'Evangile 2012 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,480.54
2012

L'Evangile 2012 (12x75cl)

Jeff Leve (94-96)

The Merlot was picked from September 20 through October 9. The Cabernet Franc was harvested over 2 days, October 6 and October 8. From a blend of 93% Merlot with 7% Cabernet Franc, this is one of the highest percentages of Merlot in the estate’s history. However, this was not due to the lack of ripeness in the Cabernet Franc. Much of the Cabernet Franc was replanted starting in 2006. It is expected that the estate will be using closer to 20% Cabernet Franc in the blend starting in 2020. The wine reached 14.4% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. Yields were low at 31 hectoliters per hectare. Deep ruby in color, the wine exudes truffle, chocolate, plum liqueur, tobacco, smoke, roses and cherries. On the palate, the wine is pure silk and velvet in texture with volume, depth and length. Picture chocolate-covered cherries that you can eat, or drink, your choice. 94-96 Pts
Delivery to Storage from 24 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 94-96 (JL) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,480.54
L'Evangile 2015 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,156.07
2015

L'Evangile 2015 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (100)

Stunning aromas of blackberries, black olives, brown sugar and dried flowers. Tar. Full-bodied, dense and layered. Superfine tannins, yet this is muscular and long. An amazing wine reminiscent of the great L’Evangiles of the 1950s. Straight track. Goes on and on. Truly great wine. Try in 2024. Just a baby.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,156.07
L'Evangile 2017 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,258.07
2017

L'Evangile 2017 (6x75cl)

Wine Spectator (97)

This is a breed apart, with a remarkably dense yet lithe core of braised fig, warmed plum sauce and steeped black currant fruit, coated with ganache and melted licorice details and infused with incense and black tea notes. Incredibly lush through the finish, but maintains cut and drive due to the well-embedded alder spine. Best from 2022 through 2040. 3,000 cases made.
Delivery to Storage from 24 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 97 (WS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,258.07
L'Evangile 2019 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,156.07
2019

L'Evangile 2019 (6x75cl)

Decanter (98-100)

From the very first moment your nose approaches the glass you know something special is happening. Seductive, rich, mouth-filling to the point that you really understand what that means. Just pops out of your mouth, with evident density of luscious blackberry and brambled raspberry fruit but also vertical climb through the palate. Violet notes marry with baked earth, grilled liquorice, tension and seduction. Highest level of Cabernet Franc in the blend in recent history, and first time that they have used all of the Cabernet Franc available in the vineyard - also first time to have this touch of Cabernet Sauvignon since the Rothschilds arrived at the property. Have I tasted a better l'Evangile? Certainly not at this stage, and one of the very few wines in 2019 that I can say without question approaches a perfect score. I don't give 100s at En Primeur but this is off the scale delicious, and I already can't wait to taste it in bottle.
Delivery to Storage from 29 Nov 2022

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 98-100 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,156.07
L'Evangile 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,529.27
2020

L'Evangile 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (98-99)

This is so floral and pure, showing crushed-grape character with some walnut and crunchy seeds. It’s full-bodied, juicy and fresh. Purity of fruit. Juicy and long. 88% merlot and 12% cabernet franc.
Delivery to Storage from 17 Sep 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 98-99 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,529.27
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Blason de L'Evangile 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £599.00
2016

Blason de L'Evangile 2016 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (93)

There’s pretty decadence and richness to the second wine of L’Evangile with chocolate, meat and spicy character. Very deep sweetness of fruit. Medium body, ripe and round tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink after 2023, but already delicious.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 93 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £599.00
L'Evangile 1967 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £3,049.00
1967

L'Evangile 1967 (12x75cl)
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 23 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 - In Bond: £3,049.00
L'Evangile 1978 (1x75cl)
In Bond: £281.00
1978

L'Evangile 1978 (1x75cl)

Wine Advocate (84)

Showing slightly better than when I last tasted it, the 1978 l'Evangile displays a medium ruby/garnet color with some brown at the edge. Although more herbaceous than most vintages, there is plenty of smoky tea and curranty-flavored fruit, decent body, above average concentration, and a spicy, peppery (atypical) finish. Drink it before the end of this century. Last tasted, 7/93.
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 23 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 1x75cl 11 84 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £281.00
L'Evangile 1981 (9x75cl)
In Bond: £1,405.00
1981

L'Evangile 1981 (9x75cl)
as per photos Delivery to Storage from 23 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 9x75cl 1 - In Bond: £1,405.00
L'Evangile 1989 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £3,197.00
1989

L'Evangile 1989 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

I have been a massive fan of the 1989 Château L'Evangile for many years - the best wine of the decade when it was still under the ownership of the redoubtable Mme. Ducasse, before selling a majority share to Eric de Rothschild in 1990. It fulfils all expectations here with its intense nose of blackberries, raspberry coulis, clove and wild heather. The most surprising aspect is just how backward the aromatics seem to be. The palate is extremely well balanced with fine tannin. The acidity is perfectly pitched with layers of dark berry fruit, black truffle and dried herbs - très Pomerol. Adorned with a velvety texture, is cruises towards a Merlot-driven finish that is one of the most powerful you will find in Pomerol this vintage. On this showing, you could cellar it for another 5-6 years; if not, I strongly recommend a long decant. Tasted January 2016.
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 23 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £3,197.00
L'Evangile 1995 (1x75cl)
In Bond: £230.00
1995

L'Evangile 1995 (1x75cl)

Stephen Tanzer - Vinous (93+)

Deep red-ruby. Deep, superripe, fully expressed aromas of black raspberry, chocolate, smoke and leather, plus a ripe vegetal nuance that contributes complexity. Velvety, lush and full in the mouth, but rather closed following the bottling; the wine sweetness is currently restrained. Conveys a sense of brooding power. The silky, fine tannins hit the palate very late. A superb vintage for this wine.
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 23 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 1x75cl 7 93+ (ST) Read Review/Description In Bond: £230.00
L'Evangile 2004 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £1,290.00
2004

L'Evangile 2004 (12x75cl)

Wine & Spirit Magazine (96)

L'Evangile gives as much pleasure in its aroma as it does in the weightless harmony of its flavors. It's not enough to enumerate the subtle layers of fresh fruit-from wild raspberry to strawberry and darker, succulent cherries-the transcendent floral scents or the clarity with which the oak frames those components. The impression of beauty those flavors impart lasts for minutes. Irresistible.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 96 (WSM) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,290.00
L'Evangile 2009 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £3,533.00
2009

L'Evangile 2009 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

An astonishing effort from the Rothschild family, the 2009 l’Evangile may be the reference point offering from this estate for decades to come. A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc aged in 100% new oak, with 15% natural alcohol, it exhibits a sumptuous bouquet of caramels, black raspberry liqueur, blackberries, violets, graphite and truffles. Thick, viscous flavors are reminiscent of such super-ripe vintages as 1982, 1959, 1949 and 1947. The striking aromatics, massive, full-bodied mouthfeel and multilayered palate that resembles a skyscraper in the mouth offer an abject lesson in great winemaking, extraordinary terroir, and the ability to combine power with precision, elegance and freshness. This is unquestionably a huge wine, but it also possesses mindboggling complexity and finesse. Because of its sheer extract and velvety personality, it will be drinkable in 4-5 years, and will keep for four decades or more where well-stored. The most profound L’Evangile ever made?
Delivery to Storage from 24 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 2 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £3,533.00
L'Evangile 2010 (1x150cl)
In Bond: £437.00
2010

L'Evangile 2010 (1x150cl)

Wine Spectator (94-97)

Gorgeous raspberry ganache, fig and boysenberry fruit is liberally laced with fruitcake and graphite. Superracy, with linzer torte and red licorice taking over the finish. Very long, with lots going on here already. Tasted non-blind. Score range: 94-97
Delivery to Storage from 24 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 1x150cl 1 94-97 (WS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £437.00
L'Evangile 2010 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,207.00
2010

L'Evangile 2010 (6x75cl)

Wine Spectator (94-97)

Gorgeous raspberry ganache, fig and boysenberry fruit is liberally laced with fruitcake and graphite. Superracy, with linzer torte and red licorice taking over the finish. Very long, with lots going on here already. Tasted non-blind. Score range: 94-97
Delivery to Storage from 24 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 94-97 (WS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,207.00
L'Evangile 2012 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £1,207.00
2012

L'Evangile 2012 (12x75cl)

Jeff Leve (94-96)

The Merlot was picked from September 20 through October 9. The Cabernet Franc was harvested over 2 days, October 6 and October 8. From a blend of 93% Merlot with 7% Cabernet Franc, this is one of the highest percentages of Merlot in the estate’s history. However, this was not due to the lack of ripeness in the Cabernet Franc. Much of the Cabernet Franc was replanted starting in 2006. It is expected that the estate will be using closer to 20% Cabernet Franc in the blend starting in 2020. The wine reached 14.4% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. Yields were low at 31 hectoliters per hectare. Deep ruby in color, the wine exudes truffle, chocolate, plum liqueur, tobacco, smoke, roses and cherries. On the palate, the wine is pure silk and velvet in texture with volume, depth and length. Picture chocolate-covered cherries that you can eat, or drink, your choice. 94-96 Pts
Delivery to Storage from 24 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 94-96 (JL) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,207.00
L'Evangile 2015 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £950.00
2015

L'Evangile 2015 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (100)

Stunning aromas of blackberries, black olives, brown sugar and dried flowers. Tar. Full-bodied, dense and layered. Superfine tannins, yet this is muscular and long. An amazing wine reminiscent of the great L’Evangiles of the 1950s. Straight track. Goes on and on. Truly great wine. Try in 2024. Just a baby.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £950.00
L'Evangile 2017 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,035.00
2017

L'Evangile 2017 (6x75cl)

Wine Spectator (97)

This is a breed apart, with a remarkably dense yet lithe core of braised fig, warmed plum sauce and steeped black currant fruit, coated with ganache and melted licorice details and infused with incense and black tea notes. Incredibly lush through the finish, but maintains cut and drive due to the well-embedded alder spine. Best from 2022 through 2040. 3,000 cases made.
Delivery to Storage from 24 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 97 (WS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,035.00
L'Evangile 2019 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £950.00
2019

L'Evangile 2019 (6x75cl)

Decanter (98-100)

From the very first moment your nose approaches the glass you know something special is happening. Seductive, rich, mouth-filling to the point that you really understand what that means. Just pops out of your mouth, with evident density of luscious blackberry and brambled raspberry fruit but also vertical climb through the palate. Violet notes marry with baked earth, grilled liquorice, tension and seduction. Highest level of Cabernet Franc in the blend in recent history, and first time that they have used all of the Cabernet Franc available in the vineyard - also first time to have this touch of Cabernet Sauvignon since the Rothschilds arrived at the property. Have I tasted a better l'Evangile? Certainly not at this stage, and one of the very few wines in 2019 that I can say without question approaches a perfect score. I don't give 100s at En Primeur but this is off the scale delicious, and I already can't wait to taste it in bottle.
Delivery to Storage from 29 Nov 2022

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 98-100 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £950.00
L'Evangile 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,261.00
2020

L'Evangile 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (98-99)

This is so floral and pure, showing crushed-grape character with some walnut and crunchy seeds. It’s full-bodied, juicy and fresh. Purity of fruit. Juicy and long. 88% merlot and 12% cabernet franc.
Delivery to Storage from 17 Sep 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 98-99 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,261.00

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