Colour: Brilliant Ruby
Nose: Fine and fresh with notes of autumn fruits, licorice and spices.
Palate: Lovely impression of conviviality, good richness and an attractive balance between fruit and soil with a touch of mint. The finish is long and appetizing with a red fruit character that is typical of Saint Emilion wines.
Grape Varieties: 91% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc
Aging: Aging for 1 year in half new and half 1 year barrels
History of Chateau L’If
Château L’If is the brainchild of Jacques Thienpont, proprietor of the revered Pomerol property, Le Pin. He purchased the St-Emilion vineyard in 2010 noting its prime position on the St-Emilion plateau, facing the village and lying close to Troplong-Mondot.
Originally called Château La Bouygue, Jacques changed its name inline with Le Pin, which means ‘pine tree’ while L’If means ‘yew tree’. His 8 hectares have been meticulously mapped and at least 4 hectares have been pulled out and replanted, with a drive to decrease the amount of Cabernet planted. Each parcel is treated separately in the vineyard and the winery.
L’If’s annual production is small and with such a respected figure behind it, will no doubt follow in its Pomerol siblings footsteps to become a highly prized and anticipated wine each vintage.