In the middle of the 18th century the Léglise family from Libourne were actively involved in developing the Pomerol vineyard. At the beginning of the 19th century, the lawyer Isambert purchased and renamed the estate. In 1862, L’Évangile was purchased by Paul Chaperon, whose descendants, the Ducasse family, remained the property’s owners until 1990. Paul Chaperon made the estate famous, and constructed the L’Évangile building in the Second Empire style.
Since 1990 the property has belonged to Domaines Barons de Rothschild, owners of Lafite Rothschild. DBR’s initial influence was felt through more stringent selections for the fine wines, and the creation of Blason de L’Évangile as second wine.
Most common varietal blend of Chateau L'Evangile:
- 80% Merlot
- 20% Cabernet Franc
Chateau L’Evangile is located next door to Chateau La Conseillante, not far from Petrus and only a stones throw from Chateau Cheval Blanc in the south east section of the Pomerol plateau. In fact, only a small, dirt road separates L’Evangile from Saint Emilion.
They have a terroir of clay, gravel and sand with iron oxide soil. However, when you take a deeper look at their vineyard, it is more complex as you have sections closer to the peak of the Pomerol plateau, near Petrus with more of that all important, deep blue clay. As you get closer to Cheval Blanc and St. Emilion, you have more gravel and sand. They also have soils with a much higher sand content. Those sandy soils are used as the main source for grapes placed into their second wine.
To produce the Pomerol wine of Chateau L’Evangile, the grapes from each plot are separated into batches, allowing the estate to decide if the fruit is destined for inclusion L’Evangile or the second wine once fermentation has been completed.
Vinification takes place in 20 temperature controlled, cement vats that range in size from 35 hectoliters up to 81 hectoliters. They use pump overs and controlled maceration techniques.
Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. Chateau L’Evangile is aged in an average of 70% new, French oak barrels for close to 18 months. On average, Chateau L’Evangile produces between 2,000 and 3,000 cases of Pomerol per vintage. The second wine is called Blason de L’Evangile.
FOOD PAIRINGS AND SERVING
Chateau L’Evangile is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau L’Evangile is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. This wine is also best paired with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Chateau L’Evangile’s wines are described in an old edition of “Grand Vins de Bordeaux”, as “full-bodied and elegant, with incomparable finesse”.
Deep, dense colour with glints of violet. Very expressive nose with black fruit and subtle notes of toast. On the palate, the attack is powerful, dense and structured. The mid-palate is full-bodied, with a fine, well-balanced tannic structure. The finish has plenty of volume with superbly ripened tannins, while remaining elegant and refined, thanks to the quality of the grapes of this exceptional vintage.
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