Tasting Note: 2013 Chateau L´Evangile
After being the majority stockholder since 1990, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) took over Chateau L´Evangile in 2000. During this process DBR (Lafite) already made investments to improve quality by a more refined selection in the vineyard, a restoration and renovation of winery and vineyard and by establishing a second wine “Blason de L’Évangile” not only to maintain, but to emphasize L´Evangile´s distinct quality and character.
Chateau L´ Evangile´s 22 hectares (54 acres) under vine are located in the southeastern part of the Pomerol plateau where surface gravel mixes with sandy clay soil over a sub-soil rich of embedded iron. The typical varietals grown are 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.
After a longer than usual growing season with late, uneven ripening in Pomerol in 2001, the wines were generally full-bodied and very concentrated.
Our 2001 Chateau L´ Evangile consists of 79% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Franc and is in perfect shape w. high fill & healthy cork. 13,5% alc.
Deep, dark red/ crimson. Dense and vital.
Aromatics of Ripe, Black and Red Fruit. Fruit in Rum. Notes of Plum, Dark Chocolate and Licorice. Traces of Vanilla and a lot of Dried and Fresh Herbs with a Freshness of Mint and delicate Peppery Spiciness. Fine traces of Wood.
Deep, ripe and powerful nose!
Powerful and concentrated structure on the palate with intense flavors of Ripe, Dark Fruit. Herbal and Green notes with Exotic Spices.
Some Leather, Forest Floor and Mushroom.
Fine, smooth and little chalky tannins and approachable acidity.
Long and comforting finish with more Ripe, Dark Fruit, little acidity and Herbal Spiciness.
Intense and concentrated, but multi-layered and sophisticated!