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Chateau L'Evangile Pomerol 2005

Chateau L'Evangile Pomerol 750ML 2005         
Sku: A438935

The Léglise family from Libourne founded what is now Château L’Evangile. They were actively involved, around the middle of the 18th century, in building the Pomerol vineyard. L’Evangile appeared in the 1741 land registry under the name of Fazilleau. At the turn of the 19th century, the estate already had much of its current configuration, stretching over some 13 hectares, when it was sold to a lawyer named Isambert. He renamed the estate "L’Evangile”. In 1862, L’Evangile was purchased by Paul Chaperon, whose descendants, the Ducasse family, would remain the property’s owners until 1990. Paul Chaperon went on making the estate becoming famous, and constructed the L’Evangile in the style of the Second Empire. In the second edition of Cocks Féret in 1868, L’Evangile is registered and is considered as a "Upper-Pomerol 1st growth wine”. Upon the death of Paul Chaperon around 1900, his descendants would run the estate until Louis Ducasse took over the property, which was then in decline and damaged by the frosts of 1956. He put forth great efforts in renewing the vineyard and restoring the L’Evangile name. In 1982, his widow, Simone Ducasse, would continue the family’s role in running the estate. In 1990, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) acquired L’Evangile from the Ducasse family. DBR was interested in bringing sustained care to the operation. DBR’s initial influence included a more refined selection of the fine wines, and the creation of Blason de L’Evangile as a second wine. Efforts also included enhancing the vines’ health with a restoration and renewal plan partially completed until 1998. The complete renovation of the tank-room and the chais in 2002 will allow the property to complete its new configuration.

Review
The 2005 vintage will be remembered for its exceptional weather conditions hardly ever witnessed in the region! Spring was warm, the drought early and July, August and September gave the grapes ideal rich sugar and poly phenol levels. A great vintage was born! The wine exhibits a dark colour. The nose is intense with blackberry and fresh blackcurrants. Spicy, grilled and truffle notes develop after the array of flavours found on the attack. A dense, ample and elegant structure. Delicate ripe tannins although powerful fill the palate enhancing the balance of the wine. Truffle notes and cocoa accompany the finish.

Rating
 Wine Spectator 100 points (Mar 31 2008)
Dark in color, almost purple black, with pure tapenade and hints of ripe plum and berry. Full-bodied, with layer upon layer of velvety tannins and chocolate, berry, vanilla and tea flavors. Lasts for minutes. I am blown away by this wine. This has been amazing since the moment I tasted it from barrel. Reminds me of the superb 1950. Best after 2015. –JS The #21 in Wine Spectator's 2008 Top 100
 Top 100 WS 100 points
The finest l’Evangile since the 2000 and 1998 (the chateau’s staff believes it will eclipse those two vintages), the 2005 is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc produced from yields of 39 hectoliters per hectare. It is aged in 100% new oak and some lots enjoy malolactic in barrel. A saturated purple color is accompanied by sweet aromas of blackberries, mocha, camphor, and hints of licorice as well as spice. Finely etched tannins provide considerable support and definition to this full-bodied, opulent Pomerol. It easily conceals its lofty tannin and sizeable alcohol (13.2%). Undeniably a top effort from one of Pomerol’s finest terroirs, it should be at its peak between 2010-2030. (93-95) points.

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Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Pomerol
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Type: Still wine
 
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Hudson Price  $599.99
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