It’s common for Petrus and Cheval Blanc to come up when discussing Château L’Evangile, and with good reason. 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. In the exceptional 2010 Bordeaux vintage, Château L’Evangile’s 54-acre vineyard, one of the oldest in Pomerol, absorbed every speck of nuance from its unique landscape, resulting in a wine of rarified suppleness and pinpoint finesse. Robert Parker scored this 2010 Château L’Evangile 98+ points, calling it “massive, rich, and very impressive.” Compared to Parker’s top-scoring Pomerol counterparts, this is a no-brainer buy for collectors of the Right Bank’s superstar bottlings. In perfect condition and provenance, coming straight from the Château’s cool, dark cellars.
One sip is all it takes to realize the 2010 Château L’Evangile Pomerol deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the château’s legendary 1961, 1982, 2005, and 2009 vintages. Merlot and the right touch of Cabernet Franc combine to form a dense, powerful Bordeaux of exquisite texture and oak-kissed nuance. Invest in this majestic Pomerol today and enjoy it now for its impeccable power and youthful hedonism, or enjoy it over the next two or more decades.
The history of L’Evangile 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.
The 2010 L’Evangile might be one of the best encores in Bordeaux’s storied history. Fresh off the heels of 2009’s already legendary vintage, this incredible 2010 is a spectacular Bordeaux that holds its own against its famous neighbors Petrus and Cheval Blanc. One key difference: It won’t set you back quadruple digits. This is a rare chance to pick up true Right Bank brilliance at this price.
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