2023 Blason de L'Evangile, Pomerol, Bordeaux

2023 Blason de L'Evangile, Pomerol, Bordeaux

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2023 Blason de L'Evangile, Pomerol, Bordeaux

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Description

Blend: 95% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc.

With a high proportion of Merlot, this is naturally generous in style, with some plummy notes. The Merlot on the sandier soils provides a decent level of freshness. This second wine is not as floral as the grand vin; the Cabernet Franc used for this cuvée was harvested quite late and thus is not as aromatic. Nevertheless, there is much to admire. The team in place since 2019 definitely has a lighter touch.

Drink 2026 - 2035

Our score: 16/20

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Critics reviews

Jane Anson91/100

Good quality, well constructed, enticing floral aromatics, raspberry fruits, freshly cut herbs, a little tight on the finish, not as plush last year's vintage but plenty to enjoy. Almost 80% of the wine comes from the sandier soils harvested early in September, with 15% new oak for ageing, with 20% kept out of oak entirely. Harvest September 4 to 28, 42hl/h yield, a record in recent years here - and this after green harvesting (while retaining leaf cover to guard against the heat spikes). Certified organic since 2021. 15% of overall production in Blason. No need to wait too long to being drinking.

Drink 2026 - 2036

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (April 2024)

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Neal Martin, Vinous89-91/100

The 2023 Blason de L'Évangile has an understated bouquet at first, though it soon finds its voice, revealing predominantly red cherries and raspberry fruit intermixed with violet aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannins. Silky in texture with a hint of balsamic toward the finish, this will be an approachable Blason that can drink well for a decade.

Drink 2026 - 2036

Neal Martin, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous89-91/100

The 2023 Blason de L’Évangile is a very pretty second wine. Pliant and expressive, with fine persistence, the 2023 offers up plenty of dark-toned fruit, along with touches of spice, leather, tobacco and incense that build with time. The darker, riper side of the year comes through nicely here. This is an unusual Blason that is mostly Merlot, with just a touch of Franc. There's a touch of tightness on the finish that hopefully will soften with élevage.

Drink 2025 - 2035

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW87-89/100

A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the 2023 Blason de L’Evangile has a deep garnet-purple color. It needs a fairs bit of coaxing to bring out notes of fresh blackberries, raspberries, and wild sage, plus hints of black pepper and dusty soil. The medium-bodied palate is soft and subtle, with just enough freshness and a peppery finish. The alcohol is 13.5%.

Drink 2027 - 2037

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent (April 2024)

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Jancis Robinson MW15.5/20

95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample.

Round and fresh with crunchy fruit. Light, sandy tannins. An early drinker. 

Drink 2026 - 2032

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 2024)

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Wine Advocate89-91/100

Bursting with aromas of dark berries, plums, cherries and licorice, the 2023 Blason de l'Evangile is medium-bodied, fleshy and seamless, with a supple, succulent palate framed by velvety tannins.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (April 2024)

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James Suckling95-96/100

Blend: 95% merlot and 5% cabernet franc.

The depth of fruit and creamy tannin structure show the class and beauty of this wine. It’s rich in ever-so-polished tannins that caress every inch of your palate. Medium to full body. Lovely finish.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (April 2024)

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Jeb Dunnuck90-92/100

The 2023 Blason De L'Evangile is based on 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc that has 20% in tank and the rest in barrel, 15% new. Its deep purple hue is followed by terrific aromatics of red and black fruits, subtle tobacco and chocolate, and some classic Pomerol damp earth and spice. It's beautifully textured, medium-bodied, and elegant, with fine tannins.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (May 2024)

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About this WINE

Chateau l'Evangile

Chateau l'Evangile

Château L'Evangile is one of the prestigious estates in Pomerol and produces some of the most sought-after wines in the appellation. It is located in the far east of the Pomerol appellation and its vineyards border those of Château La Conseillante, Château Gazin and Château Cheval Blanc. Its 14.1 hectares of vineyards (Merlot 78%; Cabernet Franc 22%) lie on deep gravel beds pitted with sand and clay.

The wine is vinified traditionally, undergoing a lengthy cuvaison followed by maturation in oak barriques (40% new) for 16-20 months. L`Evangile has always been a top-class estate but quality has been pushed noticeably higher since Domaines Baron de Rothschild of Château Lafite acquired a majority shareholding in 1990.

With Michel Rolland as consultant winemaker, the wines of L'Evangile are now challenging Pétrus and Lafleur in terms of their sheer class and quality.

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Pomerol

Pomerol

Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux's major appellations, with about 150 producers and approximately 740 hectares of vineyards. It is home to many bijou domaines, many of which produce little more than 1,000 cases per annum.

Both the topography and architecture of the region is unremarkable, but the style of the wines is most individual. The finest vineyards are planted on a seam of rich clay which extends across the gently-elevated plateau of Pomerol, which runs from the north-eastern boundary of St Emilion. On the sides of the plateau, the soil becomes sandier and the wines lighter.

For a long time Pomerol was regarded as the poor relation of St Emilion, but the efforts of Jean-Pierre Moueix in the mid-20th century brought the wine to the attention of more export markets, where its fleshy, intense and muscular style found a willing audience, in turn leading to surge in prices led by the demand for such limited quantities.

There is one satellite region to the immediate north, Lalande-de-Pomerol whose wines are stylistically very similar, if sometimes lacking the finesse of its neighbour. There has never been a classification of Pomerol wines.

Recommended Châteaux : Ch. Pétrus, Vieux Ch. Certan, Le Pin, Ch. L’Eglise-Clinet, Ch. La Conseillante, Ch. L’Evangile, Ch. Lafleur, Trotanoy, Ch. Nenin, Ch. Beauregard, Ch. Feytit-Clinet, Le Gay.

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Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot and Cabernet Franc are grape varieties commonly used in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in the Bordeaux region of France. When these two grapes are blended, they can create a wine that combines the best characteristics of each variety.

Merlot is known for its smoothness, soft tannins, and ripe fruit flavours. It often contributes black cherry, plum, and chocolate flavours to the blend. The grapes are relatively easy to grow and ripen earlier than other Bordeaux varieties, making them versatile for blending.

Cabernet Franc, on the other hand, adds structure, depth, and complexity to the blend. It typically brings aromas of red fruits such as raspberry and strawberry, along with herbal notes like bell pepper and tobacco. These grapes have thinner skins and can be more challenging to cultivate, requiring specific growing conditions to reach their full potential.

When Merlot and Cabernet Franc are combined, the result is a well-balanced wine with various flavours and aromas. The blend often exhibits a Bordeaux wine's medium to full body, along with a smooth texture and moderate tannins. The specific flavour profile can vary depending on the proportions of each grape in the blend and the terroir and winemaking techniques employed.

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