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.
|Score: 100||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
The 2015 L'Evangile has a very seductive bouquet with ripe red cherries, boysenberry, hints of black truffle and iodine. I love the sheer seductiveness of this wine, which wants to drag you into bed (after enough bottle age). The palate is medium-bodied with a veneer of creamy oak, underneath which lay layers of pure red fruit laced with white pepper, touches of cumin and truffle. This will require several years to fully integrate the oak which is more prominent than its Pomerol peers, but the structure and freshness will see this age with panache and style. Anticipated maturity: 2025 - 2050.
|Score: 96||Neal Martin, -, March 2018|
The 2015 L'Evangile is a blend of 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc picked between September 15 and October 5, and September 29 to October 5 respectively. Matured almost in 100% new oak, it has a very pure and charming bouquet, the Merlot dominant and slightly shrouding the Cabernet Franc at the moment. It is worth staying with this Pomerol, because it does change after four to five minutes in the glass, revealing touches of truffle and iodine. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, understated on the entry but gaining momentum in the glass, retaining a wonderful sense of symmetry and finishing with precision and class. This could well be the pick of the wines from the Domaines Barons Rothschild stable in 2015 and kudos to winemaker Jean-Pascal Vazart. Drink 2025-2055.
|Score: 96/98||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
What a wine here. It is so traditional and powerful with super depth of fruit and chewy tannins. Full body, incredible concentration and length. It’s so muscular and powerful. So minerally and nutty (walnuts). Marvelous.
|Score: 99/100||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
The 2015 L'Évangile is a powerhouse. Rich, deep and ample, the 2015 shows the richer, more potent side of the year. Black cherry, plum, new leather and spice build as this extroverted Pomerol shows off its flamboyant personality. There is not a whole lot of subtlety here. It will be interesting to see if more nuance develops over time. For now, the 2015 is dense and vibrant, that much is obvious. I would give the 2015 at least a few years in bottle to shed some baby fat. 2025 - 2040
|Score: 95+||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018|
One of the highlights of the year, the 2015 L'Évangile is deep, powerful and intense, with remarkable concentration and plenty of power. Dark fruit, exotic spice and new leather are all pushed forward. A dramatic, towering wine, the 2015 is endowed with real density, big, but creamy tannins and exceptional balance, especially for a wine of its size. The blend is 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc, brought in between September 15 and October 5, and September 29 and October 6 respectively. Seventy percent of the production went into the Grand Vin, which is aging in 100% new oak. The 2015 is a powerhouse that will need considerable bottle age to be at its best.
|Score: 94/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
Extremely dark crimson. Floral, opulent nose. Something quite masculine and leathery - animal? - on the nose. Lots of intensity and sweetness. Almost chocolatey! Tannins not quite integrated yet, but they are quite sandpapery. A little bit of heat on the end. A wine that takes you to the limit of sweetness. 14.8%
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
The 2015 L'Evangile is composed of 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc and was matured for 18 months in new oak barrels from Tonnellerie des Domaines (their own cooperage). Deep garnet-purple in color, it absolutely leaps from the glass with complex, gregarious notes of blackberry pie, plum preserves, smoked meats/charcuterie, mocha and licorice plus suggestions of cloves, black soil and unsmoked cigars. Full-bodied, rich, opulent and jaw-droppingly sexy, it has beautifully plush yet firm tannins with a lively backbone and a very long, spicy finish. 2021 - 2043
|Score: 97+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018|
Consistently one of the finest and most seductive wines of Pomerol, made by the winemaking team of Chateau Lafite. 20% of the fruit is relegated to the second label Blason de l'Evangile. The 2015 is 84% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc. Inky colour, with a dense nose of charred oak, graphite and black cherry fruit. A smoky overlay of opulent vanilla and cream gives way to succulent cherry fruit. This is structured in tannin but sweet and toasty with French oak too. Controlled power gives superb balance of freshness with all the ripe cherry fruit. A stunning Evangile!
|Score: 18||Farr Vintners, March 2016|
In the running for the most opulent, sensationally textured, massive wine in the vintage is the 2015 L'Evangile and if tasting this beauty doesn’t make your heart rate increase, I don’t know what will. Made from 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc brought up in plenty of new oak, its ruby/plum color is followed by an awesome bouquet of blackberry jam, smoked meats, licorice, truffle, and hints of chocolate. Thick, opulent, super ripe, and decadent, with a full-bodied mouthfeel that needs to be tasted to be believed, it still stays balanced and fresh on the palate and is already impossible to resist. It’s going to keep for 3+ decades. This is one of those wines I wish every reader could taste! 2018 - 2048
|Score: 99||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
Rich, powerful and densely constructed, this is a super-charged Pomerol with plush,
voluptuous fruit flavours, lots of toasty new oak, good concentration and a hint of figgy overripeness.
The Cabernet Franc adds some much-needed freshness here. Drink: 2022-32
|Score: 94||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016|
Incredible aromatics greet the nose, expanding and enveloping the senses. This is a fabulously sexy scent, pungent and overwhelming. The amazing seduction continues on the palate with a billowing, smooth, creamy texture. This is a stunningly fruit-driven wine and with smaller berries harvested this year there is great concentration, too. This is a truly great vintage for Evangile and even though the fruit is so lush the tannins are incredibly long and fine. Red-fruit-themed and beautifully precise, this is a stunner. Along with 2001, 2009, 2010 and this wine this is a classic Evangile and it is on the richer side of the curve.
|Score: 19+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|