2011 L’Evangile Tasting Notes, Jean Pascal Vazart Interview



2011 L’Evangile From a blend of 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.6% alcohol and will be aged in 100% new oak. Yields were 32 hectoliters per hectare with the Grand Vin representing 73% of the harvest. Deep in color, licorice, chocolate, spice, black cherry, floral, plum and black raspberry liqueur scents create the perfume. Rich, dense and concentrated, this classic style of L’Evangile is tannic with powerful, chalky tannins and a long, stylish finish. 94-95 Pts

Jeff Leve “What made 2011 Chateau L’Evanilge such a classic styled Bordeaux wine?”

Jean-Pascal Vazart “Our 2011 Pomerol is the product of a dry vintage.”

Jeff Leve “How did you deal with drought?”

Jean-Pascal Vazart  “We performed extra work on the parcels in the summer. We had to do this due to the early flowering in May. We green harvested at the end of June. This is different than last year. In 2010, we only green harvested the young vines. That is different than what we did with the 2011 L’Evangile.”

Jeff Leve “When did you harvest the 2011 L’Evangile?”

Jean-Pascal Vazart “Picking took place for the young vine Merlot on September 6 and 7. The old vine Merlot was harvested September 13 to September 21. Cabernet Franc, which is always picked last, was harvested September 19 to September 21.”

Jeff Leve “What were your yields this year? Will you have less 2011 L’Evangile than you had last year?”

Jean-Pascal Vazart “The berries were small and concentrated this vintage.  But this is good as the grapes brought low yields with concentrated fruit. We ended up with 32 hectoliters per hectare. This is slightly higher than we achieved in 2010, which was 31 hectoliters per hectare.”

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