Bordeaux 2014: Château L’Evangile
Château L’Evangile has produced a plummy, attractive Pomerol with balance and delicacy in 2014. Following an early start to the growing season with good flowering, the wet and cooler weather during the summer months, necessitated much work in the vines. Vine ripening occurred in two periods, late July and then again after mid-August so there were sometimes differences in ripeness between bunches on the same vine. Care was needed at harvest and in selection therefore. Here, as elsewhere, the fabulous weather in September and October, allowed more control than in previous vintages in terms of picking dates. It allowed for the harvesting of fruit at full ripeness, but also with the freshness that speaks of the cooler summer.
The Merlot was harvested at L’Evangile on 22nd 29th and 30th September and 1st – 4th October. Cabernet Franc was harvested on the 3rd and 7th October. The following notes were taken on a visit to the property on Friday 3rd April, 2015. Photo above courtesy of Domaines Barons de Rothschild [Lafite].
Mid depth; purple at edge; depth; ripe fruit; some plum; spices; attractive fruit; polished and delicate; fine palate; textured; mid palate depth; sense of proportion; balanced and harmonious; freshness on the end. Good length. 22ha property with 16ha in production. [82% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc 14.2% alc]. Tasted 3rd April ’15. Drink 2019-2030. 91-94
Tags: Bordeaux, Bordeaux 2014, Cabernet Franc, Chateau L'Evangile, Merlot, Pomerol