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1985 Château l'Évangile

  • 95 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 95 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52433-1985-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($175-$200) Deep red. Multidimensional nose melds red berry liqueur, milk chocolate, underbrush, truffle and smoke; seemed to shut down in the glass. Lush, silky and sweet, with sneaky ripe acidity giving the flavors clarity and penetration. Still a bit youthfully tight on the back end, but vinous and long.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 19

    Extremely deep colour. Similar still-crimson hue to the 1990 but even deeper. Less heavy than the 1990 with more obvious acidity - that streak of refreshman that can be excessive in mnay 1985s now serves this rich style of wine particularly well. Less opulent than the 1990 but a more complete, slightly better balanced wine. Wonderfuly sleek with a beginning, middle and end to the tasting experience.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 10/17/2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Rich yet elegant with very deep, concentrated black currant and herb flavors and smoky tannins; long-term potential.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Tasted 8 Times Since Bottling With Inconsistent Notes L'Evangile's 1985 remains relatively unevolved and youthful. The dark ruby color exhibits no signs of age, and the hugely complex, multi-dimensional bouquet of blackcurrants, raspberries, exotic spices and oak requires coaxing from the glass. Rich, medium to full-bodied, super-concentrated, well-balanced, and tannic, this wine continues to evolve more slowly than other 1985s.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Dana G77
  • Self | Rating: 87

    Great color - dark translucent red with only slight lightening at the rim. Intense aromatics of leather, cherry, mint, and sandalwood. Light tannins and integrated acidity. Good length. The wine still has quite a bit of fruit but texturally I expect more elegance from L'Evangile in general and certainly 20 years after harvest. Drink now.
    Drink Dates: 2005
    Author: Daniel B
In 1990, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) acquired L'Evangile from the Ducasse family, who had run the property since around 1900. DBR was interested in bringing sustained care to the operation. DBR's initial influence included a more refined selection of the fine wines, and the creation of Blason de L'Evangile as a second wine. Efforts also included enhancing the vines' health with a restoration and renewal plan partially completed until 1998. The complete renovation of the vat room and the cellar which was finished in 2004 allowed the property to complete its new configuration.

A remarkable decade of vintages from 1995 to 2005 crowned the work with success. Among these, 1995, 1996, 200 and an exceptional 2005 stand out!
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 302 bottles owned
  • 72 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 89
    (Out of 72 collectors)