Parker 88 Punkte
The dark ruby-colored 2003 (which suffered from the hot weather in June, July, and August) is already revealing some lightening at the edge. This soft, round, sensual (12.8% alcohol) effort had to be harvested before it could achieve the texture, depth, and persistence of a profound l'Evangile such as 2000 or 1998. The charming, but superficial 2003 requires consumption during its first 7-8 years of life.
As a postscript, readers should realize that major investments and extraordinary efforts in both the vineyard and cellar are being made at L'Evangile. I predict it will eventually rival Petrus and Lafleur as one of the finest wines of the appellation. The estate has also introduced a second wine called Blason, which permits them to cull out lots not good enough for the grand vin.