2008 Blason de l’Evangile (Pomerol)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $49.94 (reg. $59.94)
The little appellation of Pomerol is home to some of the world’s finest and rarest wines, Petrus and Le Pin chief among them. Château l’Evangile is right up there, Robert Parker having once declared that it “will unquestionably become, if it has not already done so, one of the two or three finest wines of the appellation.” L’Evangile doesn’t come cheap, but nor does it yet command the astronomical four-figure price tags of some neighbors, making it a smart buy.
An even smarter buy, then, is Blason de l’Evangile 2008. This is the property’s second wine, and it’s from the criminally undervalued 2008 vintage. 2008 was especially strong on the right bank, and top producers offer a whole lot of quality at a considerable discount to their 2009 and 2010 vintages. We’ve got this at under $50 a bottle, marking a serious discount over the Grand Vin, too.
L’Evangile has since 1999 been fully owned and run by the branch of the Rothschild family behind Château Lafite-Rothschild. It’s hard to think of a stronger portfolio, where l’Evangile sits comfortably alongside Lafite as well as Duhart-Milon in Pauillac and Rieussec in Sauternes. The Rothschild investment and influence on l’Evangile has been clear: The property has gained a new chai, a new winemaker and the expertise of what is perhaps wine’s most influential family.
This is prime Pomerol terroir, too. Throw a stone (or handful of blue clay for that matter) in any direction and you’ll hit the likes of Petrus, Lafleur, Vieux Château Certan and even Cheval Blanc. Where some estates would look rather pale by comparison, l’Evangile has truly earned its place at this top tier. Per Parker, l’Evangile “appears to be the number one challenger to the supremacy of Petrus” which should tell you all you need to know. There’s also the little fact that the 2009 Grand Vin scored a perfect 100 points per the Wine Advocate. In short: L’Evangile is the real l’Evang-deal.
Blason de l’Evangile is not the Grand Vin, but it doesn’t need to be. As with any great second wine, this has the hallmarks of l’Evangile while remaining accessible to both palate and wallet. A decade on from the vintage date and this is in fine form, so grab some today while quantities last. Cheers!