A blend of 83.5% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and just 0.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested between the 13th September and 3rd October. Deep ruby in colour, with a nose of ripe plum and camphor. The palate is silky smooth, with cashmere tannins and a savoury, herbal impression. This frames a core of red fruits - cool cherries and plums. There is a graphite, savoury edge from the Cabernet Franc, bringing a slightly leafy edge. Fine and floral, with a flourishing and expansive finish.
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020|
The 2019 L'Évangile was picked from 13 September, expediting the picking of the young Merlot that was threatened by hydric stress, the Cabernet Franc picked 22-27 September. This is the first vintage to include a "pinch" of Cabernet Sauvignon from the newly planted plot, for now just 0.5% of the blend. Matured in 75% new oak instead of the usual 100%, it has a rich and opulent bouquet with mulberry and blueberry fruit. I am seeking just a little more delineation and nerve vis-à-vis its peers, more clarity and terroir expression. The palate is medium-bodied with soft, rounded tannins that impart a seductive creamy texture, a leitmotif of this Pomerol cru and vintage. I would prefer more Cabernet influence towards the finish that would lend more dimension and personality. It is a sensual Pomerol but the oak still seems superfluous and detrimental to clarity on the finish.
2025 - 2045
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020|
The 2019 L'Evangile is composed of 83.5% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 0.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested from the 13th of September to the 3rd of October. The alcohol comes in at 14.6%. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose hits the ground running with opulent scents of ripe black cherries, dried mulberries, baked plums and warm blueberries plus hints of candied violets, licorice, molten chocolate and wild sage with just a drop of hoisin. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is wonderfully concentrated with seductive layers of exotic spice-laced black fruit preserves and a velvety texture, finishing long and with just enough freshness. Tantalizingly moreish!
|Score: 96/98||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (2019 Borde), June 2020|
Lots of black-olive, crushed-berry and wet-earth aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, yet polished with a very fine, velvety texture from the tannins. It’s long and structured with a blue-fruit and stone undertone to the palate. Some sage, too. More balanced than in the past. Extremely persistent on the palate. 83.5% merlot, 16% cabernet franc and 0.5% cabernet sauvignon.
|Score: 97/98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020|
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. Drinking Window 2027 - 2050
|Score: 98/100||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020|
83.5% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 0.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Barrel sample.
Deep crimson. Round and plush with a generous depth of fruit. Certainly luscious in style, the berry fruit sweet and layered. A wealth of fine tannin sits in behind. Light glow on the finish but generally good balance. As good as 2018, possibly better? (JL)
Drink 2027 – 2042
|Score: 17.5||James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020|