1998 Château L'Evangile Pomerol Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note


1998 Château L'Evangile  (Pomerol) 96

Better than I remember from the last tasting, this is now a stunning example of L'Evangile and Pomerol decadence. Luscious, ostentatious and showy, the wine serves up layers of rich, ripe plums, truffle and chocolate at every point on the nose and palate, ending with a velvet-textured finish. This is drinking just great today. 96 Points

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This is close to full maturity. The plum, truffle, dark cocoa notes really come through. Medium/full-bodied, with plush, round tannins and a dark chocolate, espresso and plummy finish, this is ready to go. 94 Points

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Cuban Cigar wrapper, wet earth, thyme, mint and chocolate open the perfume. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied, silky, polished, fresh and fresh. The plums and cherries are fresh, sweet and pure. There is a sandy quality to the tannins. The wine was made from a blend of 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place September 15 to October 2.The wine reached 13.5% alcohol. 74% of the crop was placed into the Grand Vin. 95 Points

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Truffles, tobacco, earth, plums and chocolate on the nose lead to rapidly maturing vintage of L'Evangile. Soft, round, sweet and polished, but it exchanges concentration and depth for refinement. The finish is all about the fresh, chcocolate covered plums and blackberries. This is not a wine to make old bones. I'd drink it before the wine hits its 20th birthday. 93 Points

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Truffle, earth, black cherry, smoke, spice, floral and forest floor scents grab your focus. Just starting to open, this concentrated, rich, supple textured, powerful L’Evangile seems to show better every time I taste it. I expect it to continue improving over the next several years. 93 Points

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Coconut, chocolate, plums and blackberry greet your nose. This bottle shows less concentration than other examples. The finish is clean, but short. I've had better bottles. 91 Points

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Black raspberry and dark cherry notes with hints of chocolate, truffles and underbrush start off the aromatics. Good structure and balance with ripe tannins to age. Plush and concentrated on the palate, ending with a long, rich, decadent finish. A few more years of bottle age will add additional complexity to the wine 94 Points

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When to Drink Chateau L'Evangile, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau L'Evangile needs time before it begins to show its true character. L'Evangile needs at least 10-15 years of aging in good vintages until it is ready to be enjoyed.

Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau L'Evangile offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 12-40 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau L'Evangile with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

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.

Chateau L'Evangile is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.