2005 l'Evangile, Pomerol

SKU #1041274 100 points Wine Spectator

 Dark in color, almost purple black, with pure tapenade and hints of ripe plum and berry. Full-bodied, with layer upon layer of velvety tannins and chocolate, berry, vanilla and tea flavors. Lasts for minutes. I am blown away by this wine. This has been amazing since the moment I tasted it from barrel. Reminds me of the superb 1950. Best after 2015. (JS)  (3/2008)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 L’Evangile’s gorgeous aromatics consist of spring flowers, black raspberries, licorice, truffle and graphite. The wine is full-bodied, rich, still youthful and backward, with sweet tannin and a long, layered, full-bodied mouthfeel. This stunner is capable of another two to three decades of longevity. The greatest L’Evangile since the 1982 and before the heroic duo of 2009 and 2010? (RP)  (6/2015)

96 points Wine & Spirits

 Under the ownership of Barons Rothschild (Lafite) since 1990, L'Evangile hit a new high in 2005. It has the spark of freshness at the heart of the best wines of the vintage, and it transforms that energy into layers of flavor, distinct yet seamlessly integrated. Focus on the parts and you'll find floral scents of rose, or beeswax and honey, earthen layers of tannin that include a deep black mushroom richness, a powerful core of plum and plum skin flavor. The flavors last for a minute or longer; the structure makes this a vin de garde.  (10/2008)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good deep red-ruby. Knockout nose combines black raspberry, plum, minerals, truffle and smoked meat, complicated by torrefaction notes of coffee and chocolate; very ripe but not at all roasted. Enters sweet and silky, with an almost weightless impression, then saturates the palate with seamless flavors of dark berries, minerals and cocoa powder. Finishes long and fresh, with sophisticated, fine-grained tannins and piquant minerality. A beauty. (ST)  (6/2008)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 The Pomerol estate of the Rothschilds of Lafite shows the power of Merlot in 2005, the almost indecent richness of the fruit. It's an opulent, layered wine, spicy, woody and powered though by delicious fruit, ending open and generous. (RV)  (6/2008)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/4/2014 | Send Email
Big, tannic and reserved, but underneath there is fantastic fruit lurking. Slightly extracted, but the wine can handle it. Well balanced. This will last a long time. **

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Pomerol