Château-L'Evangile Pomerol 2005

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This super star of Pomerol is owned by the Lafite Rothschild family and is planted to 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc with extremely old vines averaging 40+ years. Highly rated year after year, the production level of just under 4000 cases makes this highly sought after, with collectors often scrambling to get their hands on a case. Parker believes L'Evangile rivals Petrus and Lafleur qualitatively, at a significantly lower price than both the aforementioned. The estate turns out sumptuous, rich, opulent downright majestic wines. The 34.6 acre vineyard is composed of deep, gravelly soil mixed with clay and sand. Parker calls it 'a magical vineyard.'
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pomerol
Brand Château-L'Evangile
Alcohol/vol 13.2%
  • wa95

Wine AdvocateL'Evangile's sublime 2005, a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, is the first wine made in their brand new cuverie. Sadly, there are fewer than 3,500 cases of this deep purple-colored offering. A gorgeous nose of meat juices, black raspberries, chocolate, espresso, and notions of truffle oil as well as smoke is followed by a full-bodied Pomerol displaying sweet tannin, a flawless texture, and stunning complexity. While surprisingly showy and forward for a l'Evangile, it will undoubtedly shut down over the next year or so. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030.

Robert Parker, April 2008
  • st94

International Wine CellarGood deep red-ruby. Knockout nose combines black raspberry, plum, minerals, truffle and smoked meat, complicated by torrefaction notes of coffee and chocolate; very ripe but not at all roasted. Enters sweet and silky, with an almost weightless impression, then saturates the palate with seamless flavors of dark berries, minerals and cocoa powder. Finishes long and fresh, with sophisticated, fine-grained tannins and piquant minerality. A beauty.

Stephen Tanzer, March 2008
  • we93

Wine EnthusiastThe Pomerol estate of the Rothschilds of Lafite shows the power of Merlot in 2005, the almost indecent richness of the fruit. It's an opulent, layered wine, spicy, woody and powered though by delicious fruit, ending open and generous.

Roger Voss, June 1, 2008
  • ws100

Wine SpectatorDark 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.

James Suckling, March 31, 2008