Petrus’ 100-Point Neighbor
1961. 1982. 2005. 2009. 2010. These are the most legendary vintages in the storied history of Château L’Évangile, one of the first vineyards in Pomerol. The single most extraordinary year? After one glass of this stunningly sumptuous Right Bank beauty — it was clear that this is a perfect wine. Wine Spectator’s 100-point rave of the 2005 Château L’Évangile says it all: “I am blown away by this wine. This has been amazing since the moment I tasted it from barrel.” This is a rare chance to experience an almost priceless, historically rich Pomerol — 12 years old and direct from the château cellars. A perfect wine, in perfect condition, with perfect provenance.
Petrus and Cheval Blanc often come up in discussions of Château L’Évangile. That’s because the former lies just to the north of the estate, while the latter is one dirt road away to the south. More hallowed terroir — sand and clay beds, with a rare vein of pure gravel — can scarcely be found on the Right Bank.
The history of Château L’Évangile dates back to the early part of the 18th century, passing through the hands of a few owners up until 1990, when it was acquired by Domaines Barons de Rothschild. Rebuilding the cellars, maintaining rigorous, manual vineyard management, and planting new clones, the Rothschilds steered the prestigious house to new heights.
It’s not often that a wine like this, earning a perfect critical score from Wine Spectator, makes it to the market, slipping through the hands of collectors. Invest in this majestic Pomerol today and cellar (it should age beautifully for another 25 years) for a suitably momentous occasion — the 60th birthday party, the 30th anniversary, your granddaughter’s wedding.