1998 Château L'Evangile
"By one of those curious mysteries of Bordeaux soil, a long strip of gravel appears in the middle of the Pomerol Plateau, mixing with the local clay. The wines of this soil have been well known since the poet Ausonius sang their praise. The property was known as "Fazilleau" until the mid 18th century, and soon after, became famous under its present denomination "Château L'Evangile". The 14 hectare vineyard is grouped around the Chateau on clay-based gravel. The vines, on average, are 30 years old...
International Wine CellarFull medium ruby. Fabulous nose combines black raspberry, sweet oak, bitter chocolate, truffle and mint, all lifted by a cool, slightly medicinal black cherry note of cabernet franc. Penetrating, pure, youthfully bound-up black fruit and licorice flavors. Densely packed and extremely backward. Finishes with very firm, oak-powered tannins. A superb, powerfully structured vintage for this wine, to drink between 2010 and 2025.