"One for the long haul. Fabulous"
2005 Château l'Evangile

Posted by Ian McFadden

"The l’Evangile ‘05 is turning into one of the superstars of the vintage." -Neal Martin

We don't offer Bordeaux very often, but l'Evangile is a favorite of ours. And the 2005 l’Evangile is easily one of the château's best wines of the past three decades.

What we love about l’Evangile is its silken texture and the way it presents a wild, haunting complexity in such a sophisticated package. All of this is backed by a rigorous mineral spine.

L'Evangile has always been a top Pomerol estate, but quality has soared since 1990 when Barons de Rothschild, owners of Château Lafite, purchased the château. Today, it competes with Pétrus for the best wine in the appellation.

Jancis Robinson sums up the 2005 Bordeaux vintage as follows: “by far the greatest Bordeaux vintage I have been lucky enough to taste."

We love the 2005 Bordeauxs for their nearly perfect balance. There's structure, fruit and gorgeous detail. Everything is in place for a legendary, long-aging vintage.

The 2005 l’Evangile is a dream brew - structure, purity and lift. It's built around a powerful mineral core with an explosive nose of violets, dark fruits and earth. There's also beautiful textural allure, harmony and precision.

Sited enviably on the southeastern corner of the Pomerol plateau, l'Evangile enjoys the superb “crasse de fer” (iron-rich bands of sand) terroir. The greatest wines of Pomerol - including Pétrus, Lafleur, La Conseillante, L’Eglise-Clinet - grow on this plateau. Many growers attribute the spellbinding complexity and layered sensuality of their wines to the singular soil composition.

This is an example of 2005 Bordeaux at it most soaring and brilliant. There's not much more left to be said.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare
Crush Wine & Spirits

2005 Château l'Evangile

Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate: "The l’Evangile ‘05 is turning into one of the superstars of the vintage. It has a very expressive nose with dark fruits, cassis, a touch of kirsch and violets. Good definition, the bouquet just soars from the glass. The palate is full-bodied with saturated tannins, very well balanced, great purity and structure. Great persistency, just a caressing little harlot of a wine. Tannic on the finish. One for the long haul. Fabulous."