Robert Parker 95
The 2014 L’Evangile comes racing out of the blocks on the nose with plenty of black cherry, blueberry, cold stone and black truffle scents, quintessentially Pomerol with impressive delineation and focus. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly grainy texture, lovely black fruit here laced with Earl Grey, spice and sage, quite intense and fanning out gloriously towards the long finish. This seems to have gained precision after bottling and I did warn that it may merit a higher score. This is a deeply impressive L’Evangile that might challenge Lafite-Rothschild in the long term. Chapeau!
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2045
The 2014 L’Évangile is laced with black cherry, torrefaction, spice, leather, licorice and heavy French oak. It will be interesting to see if the fruit emerges here. Today, the oak is quite dominant in both the wine’s flavor profile and its texture. I would like to think a little more nuance is possible given L’Évangile’s neighborhood.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2034