Peter Maude Fine Wines
2020, Château L'Evangile, POMEROL
$439.30 inc. GST
Bordeaux Blend: Merlot, Cabernet Franc.
The sculpting of L'Evangile that began over the past few vintages continues, and the 2020 is a gorgeous wine. Pristine fruit, silky with a whoosh of menthol. It elevates over the palate, both dense and light, with blueberry and raspberry fruits, and pulses of bitter almond and honeysuckle on the finish that gives focus and spice. 98 Jane Anson, Decanter. This is so floral and pure, showing crushed-grape character with some walnut and crunchy seeds. It’s full-bodied, juicy and fresh. Purity of fruit. Juicy and long. 88% merlot and 12% cabernet franc. 98-99 James Suckling.
Bursting with swollen, ripe cherry and a hint of redolent rosemary on the nose. There is an underlying smokiness but the rich core of fruit stands out. This follows on the palate, with a succulent, rounded sweetness of kirsch, strawberry and red cherry. The tannins are fine and integrated, making for a seductive mouthfeel. Sweet vanilla and nutmeg push through with the fruit, giving a richly smoky, long finish. 92-95 Farr Vintners, London.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2020 L'Evangile rolls effortlessly out of the glass with notions of mulberries, black raspberries and stewed red and black plums, plus suggestions of Indian spices, dusty soil and violets with a touch of iron ore. The medium to full-bodied palate possesses compelling freshness and a fine-grained texture to support the muscular black and red fruits, finishing long and earthy. 96-98+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate.