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20 June 2016

Evangile is superbly situated between Petrus, Cheval Blanc and La Conseillante. There’s no doubt about the pedigree of this terroir, it is capable of producing mesmerizing wines; the 2005, 2009 and 2010 all spring to mind. Recent vintages have been less convincing, so we approached the 2015 with open minds, but not necessarily high expectations. What we discovered was one of the great Evangiles, possibly the most striking example under the Domaines Barons Rothschild ownership. Jean-Pascal Vazart and his team have excelled themselves and produced one of the richest, most lavish and extravagant Pomerols we’ve tasted from barrel, not just in 2015, but ever. This really is massively impressive, almost ostentatious wine, harnessing the ultra-flamboyant Merlot fruit with seductive, yet assured tannins. Superb!

‘The 2015 L'Evangile is a blend of 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc picked between September 15 and October 5, and September 29 to October 5 respectively. Matured almost in 100% new oak, it has a very pure and charming bouquet, the Merlot dominant and slightly shrouding the Cabernet Franc at the moment. It is worth staying with this Pomerol, because it does change after four to five minutes in the glass, revealing touches of truffle and iodine. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, understated on the entry but gaining momentum in the glass, retaining a wonderful sense of symmetry and finishing with precision and class. This could well be the pick of the wines from the Domaines Barons Rothschild stable in 2015 and kudos to winemaker Jean-Pascal Vazart. Drink 2025-2055. 96-98/100’. - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

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