Tasting Notes L'Evangile 1989
The 1989 is probably the best L'Evangile of that decade. It has a scintillating pure bouquet with dark plum and cranberry fruit, those distant notes of peat and heather straight out of a Jane Austen novel. The palate is wonderfully balanced with more glycerin than the previous bottle. It feels so fleshy and corpulent in the mouth with the Cabernet Fran lending the backbone that should see it age for another decade at least. Outstanding. Drink now-2030. Tasted October 2012.
Fully mature and not likely to improve, although certainly capable of lasting another 10-15 years, the dark plum/garnet-colored 1989 l'Evangile (considerable amber exists at the edge) offers a nose of toffee, caramel, malt chocolate, sweet black cherry, and currant fruit. The wine has low low acidity and plump, fleshy, forward appeal. With sweet tannin and a ripe, moderately endowed, long finish, it has nowhere near the weight, aging potential, or volume of the 1990, but it is still a top-class effort. Anticipated maturity: Now-2015. Last tasted, 11/02.