2004 l'Evangile, Pomerol
Wine & Spirits
L'Evangile gives as much pleasure in its aroma as it does in the weightless harmony of its flavors. It's not enough to enumerate the subtle layers of fresh fruit-from wild raspberry to strawberry and darker, succulent cherries-the transcendent floral scents or the clarity with which the oak frames those components. The impression of beauty those flavors impart lasts for minutes. Irresistible.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A stunning example of the vintage, the 2004 l’Evangile is not far off the pace of their brilliant 2005. A blend of 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc (3,000+ cases produced), it exhibits a deep ruby/plum color, superb ripeness, and sweet blackberry, truffle, acacia flower, licorice, and toasty oak aromas. This knock-out effort is surprisingly rich, opulent, and fruity with good glycerin, medium to full body, and a stunning finish. It should drink beautifully young yet age for 15 or more years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby-red. Wild aromas of plum, cured meat, milk chocolate, smoke, mace and cinnamon stick. Sweet and opulent for the vintage, with a distinctly velvety texture to the flavors of plum, mulberry, smoked meat and exotic spices. Finishes broad and sweet, with sexy suggestions of woodsmoke, chocolate and wild herbs. I've had a soft spot for this wine from the outset. (ST)
The milk chocolate, berry and cedar character on the nose is subtle and refined. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a refined finish. All in finesse and elegance. (JS)