Add Chateau L'Evangile to the list of Bordeaux estates that the Rothschild group renovated and revitalized in the 20th century. Owned by the Ducasse family from 1862 on, the Rothschilds purchased Chateau L'Evangile in 1990. A vine renewal plan began immediately, followed by the restoration of the vat room and cellar. In the wake of these improvements, stellar vintages followed. 1995, 1996, 2000 and 2005 were all highly rated by Stephen Tanzer, and more recently the perfect 100 point 2009 and 98+ 2010 by Robert Parker.
The vines cover 16 hectares on the southeastern Pomerol plateau. 80% are Merlot, which accounts for the wine's fruity flavor, body and suppleness, while the remainder are Cabernet Franc, adding an element of finesse. Clay in the soil contributes to the wine's power, while a sizable component of gravel, uncharacteristic of Pomerol as a whole, lends an impressive delicacy. Look for compelling aromatic complexity and chocolatey ripeness with enough supple tannins for long aging in the eponymous Grand Vin.