2008 l'Evangile, Pomerol

SKU #1109624 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A 2,700-case blend of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc cropped at a low 27 hectoliters per hectare (compare that with 39 hectoliters per hectare in 2009 and 31 in 2010), this superb claret was aged 18 months in 75% new French oak. Mulberry, spring flower, black cherry and raspberry characteristics as well as hints of spice and coffee emerge from this full-bodied, opulent, structured beauty. It should age effortlessly for 15-20 years. (RP)  (5/2011)

93 points James Suckling

 Chocolate and berry and rich with gorgeous nose. Plums and berries. Full and super soft with a lovely velvety texture. Loads going on. Builds on the palate with a lovely depth of fruit and balance. A beauty.  (12/2010)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Fleshy, but pure and elegant, with a gorgeous beam of raspberry ganache, plum sauce and cherry preserve laced with subtle graphite, spice and violet hints. The long finish is persistent, but with some admirable power in reserve. (JM)  (4/2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full, deep red-ruby. Exotic aromas of dark berries, cocoa, underbrush and ink. Thick, broad and full, but with lively acidity giving a light touch to the rich, dense dark fruit, balsamic vinegar and chocolate flavors. Finishes long and oaky, with an opulent, high-alcohol mouthfeel, big tannins and a note of fresh herbs. (ST) 91+  (8/2011)

K&L Notes

93+ points Neal Martin's Wine Cellar: "Fairly deep color. Lovely, open, exotic bouquet is riper, more modern, and slightly less effusive following #1, with a smoky, vanilla, gingerbread, fruitcake quality and a hint of wet wool. Delicious in the mouth, rich and tannic, with sexy fruit, complex acids, concentration, excellent structure, and outstanding overall balance. It’s a wine of vitality and floral elegance, with an extremely long smoky, oaky, gravelly finish. Probably awesome with food. Will improve with cellaring." (03/2012)

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- 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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