The 2009 growing season proved very favorable for Merlots and Cabernets tannin quality. The season particularly marked aromatic expression with freshness and lovely structure. Naturally, the 2009 Chateau L'Evangile reflects solid inherent qualities.
This Pomerol displays a violet-tinted black hue. The nose reveals distinctive aromas from a generously sunny season with neat, fresh, and ample expressions of cherry, raspberry, and lightly toasted notes. This offering is perfection with superb precision on the attack and sharpness that lasts from beginning to end. The tannins are dense, precise, solid and exemplary with a structure that coats the palate with palpable, delicious silk impressions. The mid-palate is creamy, fleshy, and filled with black fruits that lead to a full, fresh, and tense finish: very promising!
Parker : 100 / 100
J. Robinson : 17 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
An astonishing effort from the Rothschild family, the 2009 l'Evangile may be the reference point offering from this estate for decades to come. A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc aged in 100% new oak, with 15% natural alcohol, it exhibits a sumptuous bouquet of caramels, black raspberry liqueur, blackberries, violets, graphite and truffles. Thick, viscous flavors are reminiscent of such super-ripe vintages as 1982, 1959, 1949 and 1947. The striking aromatics, massive, full-bodied mouthfeel and multilayered palate that resembles a skyscraper in the mouth offer an abject lesson in great winemaking, extraordinary terroir, and the ability to combine power with precision, elegance and freshness. This is unquestionably a huge wine, but it also possesses mindboggling complexity and finesse. Because of its sheer extract and velvety personality, it will be drinkable in 4-5 years, and will keep for four decades or more where well-stored. The most profound L'Evangile ever made?