2013 l'Evangile, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1158986 92-94 points Vinous

 The 2013 L'Evangile is one of the more textured, layered wines of the year. Mocha, cloves, plums and black cherries meld together in a wine with considerable richness and vivid, expressive fruit. The 100% new French oak is impeccably integrated for a wine of this age. Raspberry jam, wild flowers and sweet spices linger on the close. This is a terrific showing, especially for the vintage. The 2013 is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, brought in from September 27 to early October.  (4/2014)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a solid core of plum and boysenberry fruit, with lots of smoldering charcoal, bay and roasted alder notes. Shows impressive grip, balanced by the slightly angular acidity of the vintage. Should settle in nicely. An impressive effort. Merlot and Cabernet Franc.—Tasted non-blind. (Web-2014)

90-91 points James Suckling

 This is very agreeable, with raspberry, light vanilla and chocolate character. Medium body with fresh acidity and a clean finish. Very delicious and fun. Delicate.  (4/2014)

88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark ruby. Intense, pure blackcurrant, gunflint and violet aromas on the precise nose. Then very pure and suave in the mouth, with clean, well-delineated flavors of small dark berries and minerals showing noteworthy persistence. A major success for the year.  (6/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc. Plummy, blackcurrant jus, super-fine tannins, a little bit of burnt meat and milk chocolate. Mouthwatering acidity. Demonstrates the leanness of the vintage in terms of structure -- but has full flavour ripeness. Lovely sumptuous mouthfeel. Luxurious feel. There is just a bit of perfume opening up here, giving promise of real complexity. 18/20 points. Drink 2016 to 2026.  (4/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 l'Evangile shows a slightly deeper color as well as more noticeable ripe raspberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with notions of licorice and incense. Again, there is no hint of herbaceousness or tannic astringency in this mid-weight, slightly superficial, but charming, pretty 2013. Consume it over the next 7-8 years. (RP)  (8/2014)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2014 | Send Email
From the Lafite family, this winery went through a complete remodel several years ago, and instituted a stricter harvesting program. The wine is one of the top wines from Pomerol, pretty much every year. Loads of fresh macerated berries, spice & plum notes, hints of chocolate--lots going on here. Very pretty wine.

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2014 | Send Email
A blend of 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc, the 2013 L’Evangile is a candidate for wine of the vintage in my book! Lush, and silky in the mouth with hints of cola, raspberries, vanilla spice, this wine has one of the longer finishes we tasted this year. Finesse and purity come to mind. 93-95 points.

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