2013 l'Evangile, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
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.
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)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(87% merlot and 13% cabernet franc): 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.
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.
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.