2008 Chateau L' Evangile 375 ml

Year: 2008
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 89-91
James Suckling: 93
Jeff Leve: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :

"Fleshy, but pure and elegant, with a gorgeous beam of raspberry ganache, plum sauce and cherry preserve laced with subtle graphite, spice and violet hints. The long finish is persistent, but with some admirable power in reserve. Best from 2013 through 2020. 2,700 cases made. –JM " (WS)

"A 2,700-case blend of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc cropped at a low 27 hectoliters per hectare (compare that with 39 hectoliters per hectare in 2009 and 31 in 2010), this superb claret was aged 18 months in 75% new French oak. Mulberry, spring flower, black cherry and raspberry characteristics as well as hints of spice and coffee emerge from this full-bodied, opulent, structured beauty. It should age effortlessly for 15-20 years." (WA)

"(an 88/12 blend of merlot and cabernet franc; 14% alcohol; from a crop level of just 27 hectoliters per hectare, according to estate manager Jean-Pascal Vazart) Saturated medium-deep ruby. Rather oaky, chocolatey nose hints at a very dense wine. Actually lighter on entry than expected, with ripe blackcurrant and balsamic black cherry flavors. Displays higher-than-usual acidity for this wine, and a distinctly peppery, long finish with a late kick of youthful but smooth tannins and more than a trace of alcohol. The cabernet franc was deemed to be so successful in '08 that it all went into the grand vin, so the second wine, Blason d'Evangile, is a rare 100% merlot." (VM)

"Chocolate and berry and rich with gorgeous nose. Plums and berries. Full and super soft with a lovely velvety texture. Loads going on. Builds on the palate with a lovely depth of fruit and balance. A beauty. " (JS)

"2008 Château L’Evangile is a blend of 88% Merlot with 12% Cabernet Franc . The merlot was picked over a two week period while the cabernet franc was harvested in a single week. Notes of flowers, chocolate, and jammy blackberry are easy to discern. Fat and concentrated, with a lush texture and silky tannins, this is a hedonistic wine. Part of the reason L’Evangile has been producing improved wines since 2004 is the new fermentation vats. The Châteaur ecently added 21 vats to allow for greater control in vinification on a plot by plot basis, according to Jean-Pascal Vazart. 92-94 Pts" (JL)