Neighbour to prestigious estates, such as Petrus and Cheval Blanc, Chateau l’Evangile has in the past decade become one of the most prominent in Pomerol.
At the foundations of the vineyard
Chateau l’Evangile owes its origin to the Leglise family, who actively participated in the construction of the Pomerol vineyard in the mid-18th century. In the XIX century, the domain already featured a layout similar to that of today. When the property was purchased by lawyer Isambert the vineyard extended over 13 hectares. Isambert decided to name the domain L’Evangile (meaning “The Gospel”). In 1862, the chateau changed ownership and was taken over by Paul Chaperon, whose descendants – the Ducasse family – remained its owners until 1990. The Ducasse family increased awareness of the estate by constructing the Second Empire style mansion. At the time of his death around 1900, the descendants of Chaperon continued the operation of the estate with the same degree of care. In 1990, Domaines Baron de Rothschild (Lafite) acquired the château. The influence of this last owner is reflected in a more refined selection of the grand vin and the creation of a new cuvee as a second wine: Blason de l’Evangile. A plan for the restructuring and partial renewal of the vineyards had been under way since 1998. A complete renovation of the vat and cellars enabled Chateau l’Evangile to finalize its new layout in 2004.
From 1995 to 2005, the chateau unveiled remarkable vintages, among which the most notable are the 1995, 1996, 2000 and the magnificent 2005.
An exceptional gravel terroir
South-east of the Pomerol plateau one finds a long line of gravel. A curious mystery of geology, three estates share this rare land. The l’Evangile estate boasts a privileged location indeed. Nestled between the vineyards of Chateau Petrus and Chateau Cheval Blanc, the estate operates over an area of 22 hectares. Composed of sandy-clay soil with pure gravel, the subsoil of the property is marked with crasse de fer (ferruginous sandstone). The plantings of the estate consist of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The former contributes a certain suppleness to the wine, while the latter imparts a finesse and structure. The chateau relies on traditional techniques with a limited production, and much of the work is done manually throughout the year.
A blend of traditional and modern winemaking methods is used for the operations of the winery. Rebuilt in 2004, the vat and cellars respond better to plot selection. The fermentation in tanks is carried out using the traditional methods of pump-over and controlled maceration. After fermentation, the wine is matured in oak barrels for approximately 18 months. The average production of the Chateau l’Evangile and its second wine varies around 5,000 cases.
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