2009 L'Evangile Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • WA 100
  • JS 99
  • WS 97
  • IWC 94
  • NM 94

Reviews for 2009 L'Evangile Bordeaux Blend

WA 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
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%... 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?
JS 99
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2012
A wine that impresses you with its subtlety and strength. Every molecule of the tannins and fruit seems to be almost perfectly in line. Enticing dark fruits and milk chocolate. The delicate yet intense flavors go on for... A wine that impresses you with its subtlety and strength. Every molecule of the tannins and fruit seems to be almost perfectly in line. Enticing dark fruits and milk chocolate. The delicate yet intense flavors go on for minutes. My palate is so caressed. Such class here. Might end up being better than the perfect 2005. Try after 2020.
WS 97
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2012
This takes a broader approach with almost stolid tobacco and charcoal structure guarding the core of black currant roasted fig and blackberry confiture flavors. Long and very fleshy offering ample toast and searing singed... This takes a broader approach with almost stolid tobacco and charcoal structure guarding the core of black currant roasted fig and blackberry confiture flavors. Long and very fleshy offering ample toast and searing singed iron notes but terrific integration. Merlot in Cabernet clothing with a long life ahead. Best from 2018 through 2035. -JM
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2012
Deep inky-ruby. A fresh violet topnote lifts and complicates aromas of dark plum and cassis on the enticing nose. Quite pure in the mouth with mineral-driven flavors of dark berries creamy milk chocolate and smoky plum... Deep inky-ruby. A fresh violet topnote lifts and complicates aromas of dark plum and cassis on the enticing nose. Quite pure in the mouth with mineral-driven flavors of dark berries creamy milk chocolate and smoky plum. Lively framing acidity extends the wine's flavors impressively through a long finish. This has lost some baby fat but picked up more gracefulness since I tried it in the spring of 2010.
NM 94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2013
94+ Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The L’Evangile is perhaps entering a broody patch, but it will ultimately become a brilliant Pomerol. It has a charming, gingerbread tinged bouquet with lively red berry... 94+ Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The L’Evangile is perhaps entering a broody patch, but it will ultimately become a brilliant Pomerol. It has a charming, gingerbread tinged bouquet with lively red berry fruit and Provencal herbs. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity. It is more Merlot driven, though there is a fine tannic backbone and a line of graphite through the finish. All the constituent parts are in place and expect that score to rise in the future.