Chateau L’Evangile covers 35 acres and lies on the south east part of the plateau of Pomerol; neighbouring Vieux Chateau Certan, Petrus and La Conseillante near the border with Saint Emilion and Chateau Cheval Blanc. L’Evangile is considered to be one of the great Pomerol estates and can be traced back to 1620. It was acquired by the Domaines Barons de Rothschild (of First Growth Chateau Lafite) in 1990. Baron Eric de Rothschild said of his purchase: “We could never resist an extraordinary, unique terroir”.
Once in Rothschild hands a programme of renovation and rejuvenation got under way at L’Evangile. A Second Wine, Blason de L’Evangile, was produced and a new circular chai and barrel cellars were built in the same style as that of Chateau Lafite – a suggestion by the Baron Eric, who described L’Evangile as ‘a Little Lafite’. Maybe he had a point – in the second edition of Cocks Féret in 1868, L’Evangile is registered and is considered as an ‘Upper Pomerol 1st Growth Wine’. Pomerol is the smallest wine producing area in Bordeaux but, though tiny, Pomerol is famous world over. The Pomerol estates are unclassified and there are no grand chateaux buildings there, partly due to the fact that the Commandery of the Knights Hospitaller took possession of Pomerol in the 12th Century. The Pomerol Commandery is the oldest Commandery in Aquitaine. L’Evangile’s history reflects Pomerol’s past. It’s name means ‘The Gospel’ in French.
Critics Score – Neal Martin, RobertParker.com 93/95
A dark purple/garnet core. This has a very attractive nose with blackberries, plum with a Burgundian sensibility. Smooth tannins on the palate with very good structure this is a really seductive L’Evangile with lots of vibrancy and freshness. What really distinguishes it is the harmony right on the very finish with a touch of dark chocolate and mocha lingering on the aftertaste. Certainly one of the best Pomerols. Tasted April 2008.
Learn more about Chateau L’Evangile on Nick’s Blog: Chateau L’Evangile, The Gospel and the real ‘Little Lafite’.