Evangile 2018 has been released at €180 per bottle ex-negociant, equal to the 2016 and 2017 releases. It is expected that the wine will be offered by the international trade at £2,250 per 12×75, up 7.7% in sterling terms on the 2017 release price of £2,090 per case.
According to James Suckling (98-99), this is “a very plush and exciting L’Evangile with polished, velvety tannins that set this up to be a classic”. For Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Advocate, 97-99), the “beautiful” wine “slips seductively out of the glass with glamorous notes of baked black cherries, warm blueberries and raspberry tart”.
Antonio Galloni (Vinous, 94-97) agreed that “the 2018 L’Evangile is shaping up to be exceptional”. In his tasting note, he commented that “the 2018 exudes richness in all of its dimensions” and that he “can’t wait to taste it from bottle”.
Today’s release was also among Chris Kissack’s (The Wine Doctor) favourites, with a score of 98-100 points. Kissack said that this is “a stunning example of the vintage and an example of how Merlot-dominant wines can also shine alongside their Cabernet-counterparts in this warmer year”.
Prices for Evangile show 56% correlation to ‘Benchmark Critic’ scores. Depending on your critic of choice, today’s release is positioned at or above the implied ‘Fair Value’ line. Followers of Kissack, however, will find great value in the 2018. Alternatively, buyers might wish to consider the 2010 (RP 98) currently available at a small discount.
Looking for more?
Our Bordeaux 2018 pages contain everything you need to know about this year’s En Primeur campaign, including:
- Critic scores
- Release prices
- Bordeaux 2018 analysis tool [members only]
- The conversation on social media
- Liv-ex’s fair value methodology