The 1996 l'Evangile will undoubtedly be a controversial wine. The wine gives the impression of being over-extracted in its dark ruby/purple color and notes of prunes, raisins, Chinese black tea, blackberries, and cherry liqueur. It is rich and powerful, as well as tannic and disjointed, but medium to full-bodied, with excellent richness, and a long, over-ripe finish. It may take a few years to round into shape, but this could turn out to be an outstanding wine. (RP)
Excellent deep ruby. Expressive nose of black raspberry, blackberry, and violets. Larger-scaled and more powerful than the '96 but less harmonious today, with the wine acids and tannins more noticeable. Ripe notes of chocolate and leather. (ST)
Aromas of chocolate, blackberry and spices follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins and a long chewy finish. Extremely well done for the vintage. (JS, Web—2007)
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