The 2018 L’Evangile sees the return of Cabernet Franc, this year the Merlot suffering mildew earlier in the season after seven days of rain fell just after flowering. "It was the first real vintage under organic/biodynamic viticulture," commented Jean-Pascal Vazart. "But the 2019 was easier." It has a vigorous and intense bouquet, black fruit mixed with black truffle and light marine aromas, the Cabernet Franc very expressive. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple but firm tannins that provide backbone to this Pomerol. The 70% new oak is nicely integrated on the entry, though I feel at the moment it is quite vocal on the finish. This should be subsumed by the time of bottling, though it will require several years of ageing. Drink 2022-2040.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019|
The 2018 L'Evangile is composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The Merlot was harvested September 19 to October 2, and the Cabernet Franc was harvested September 25 to October 1. This is the optimal blend—with more Cabernet Franc coming through this year, since it was amazing. Deep garnet-purple colored, it slips seductively out of the glass with glamorous notes of baked black cherries, warm blueberries and raspberry tart plus wafts of kirsch, red roses, rose hip tea, espresso, licorice and sandalwood. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and delivering opulent black fruit layers, the palate has a firm frame of lovely, ripe, rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Beautiful.
|Score: 97/99||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
A very plush and exciting L’Evangile with polished, velvety tannins that set this up to be a classic. It’s full-bodied with glorious fruit and a great center palate that has fantastic depth. It’s so caressing and beautiful. So much here.
|Score: 98/99||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 L'Évangile is shaping up to be exceptional. Rich and sumptuous in the glass, the 2018 exudes richness in all of its dimensions. Opulent and dense in the glass, with soft curves and silky, polished tannins, the 2018 is hugely promising. All the elements just fall into place. Dark raspberry jam, cloves, menthol and new leather are some of the many notes that build in a sumptuous, racy Évangile loaded with class and personality. I can't wait to taste it from bottle.
|Score: 94/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. pH 3.9. Barrel sample.
Inky core, deep crimson rim. Perfumed with black fruit and violets. Dense but not tough, many fine layers giving density but it's smooth and plush nevertheless with some dark chocolate on the finish. Fruit character is dark enough to be savoury, black olive and then becoming just slightly more floral with air. Changes a lot in the glass. It's a wine all in the future even though the tannins are smooth now. It's quite closed in on itself but should have a long life. (JH) 14.5%
|Score: 17||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
The grand vin 2018 Château l'Evangile turns the intensity up substantially, offering a beautiful bouquet of blue fruits, violets, classy oak, spring flowers, and graphite. Rich, concentrated, and elegant on the palate, it has more Cabernet Franc than normal (20%) and this shows dramatically, with the wine staying more focused, straight, and fresh compared to the more massive and opulently styled 2015 and 2016. This is a regal, elegant yet still full-bodied l’Evangile that’s going to benefit from 5-7 years of bottle age and keep for 25 years or more.
|Score: 96/98||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
You feel the density and power straight off the nose here - this is really silky, sexy and smoky wine with a ton of complex flavours combining berry fruits with spices swirling through, and finishing up with liquorice bean and coffee grounds on the finish. There’s less lift perhaps than the 2016, but you feel the concentration, the depth to the flavour, and the balance. It has a beautiful texture and feels very classically Pomerol but with elegance and persistency. A small production in 2018 but a very beautiful one. 75% new oak used.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2044
|Score: 97||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2019|
(80 Merlot, 20 Cabernet Franc) | 75% new oak | 14.5% alc | Production was 20000 bottles | 83 IPT A powerful, structured L’Evangile and a wine which is densely packed with fruit, but having said this, this is still a very introverted wine. This property changes so much with the sensitivity of the vintage and the 2018 will be an extraordinarily long-lived wine. The oak is well-judged and the skin tannins are fit, lively and very well-balanced. Darker and more muscular and, funnily enough, a little like Lafite, this is a stronger and more square-shouldered wine than the past few vintages. There is no need to open this wine for at least fifteen years.
|Score: 18.5+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|