Château L'Evangile | Pomerol

Château L'Evangile Winery Building in Pomerol

Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite acquired Château L’Évangile from the Ducasse family in 1990, who were keen to ensure there would be continuity of care and sustainability for the estate. Through a mystery of geology, the southeast Pomerol plateau features a long line of surface gravel. Three vineyards including Château L'Evangile share this rare soil.

The property is bordered to the north by Château Pétrus and separated from Château Cheval Blanc in Saint-Émilion to the south by nothing more than a secondary road. The vineyard covers 22 hectares, made up of sandy clay soil with pure gravel, on a subsoil containing iron residues. The grape varieties consist mainly of Merlot (79%) which contributes to the wine’s fruity flavour, body and its unmistakable suppleness,  ‘Bouchet’, the local name for Cabernet Franc (20%), which brings finesse and structure and a little bit of Cabernet Sauvignon (1%). The plots are largely grassed over. The property is also home to beehives and significant biodiversity along its 2 km of hedges and is also the first of the Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite estates to use organic farming methods.

At Château L’Évangile, the use of vats other than barrels - such as foudres, amphorae or concrete vats - allows the winemaking team to adapt to the identity of each vintage.