Peter Maude Fine Wines

2022, Château L’If, SAINT-ÉMILION Grand Cru

$274 ex. GST
$315.10 inc. GST
Estimated full landed price – $338.91

Bordeaux Blend: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

This new property is owned by Jacques Thienpont (of Le Pin) and was formerly known as Haut Plantey before he purchased it in 2010. It consists of 8 hectares of which 5 are situated next to Troplong Mondot. Winemaking by Nicolas Thienpont's son Cyrille. 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc.

Gorgeous and very fine tannins with a fine velvet texture and wonderful berry, chocolate and hazelnut character. Medium-bodied with round and balanced tannins with serenity and a crunchy finish. 98-99 James Suckling.

The 2022 L'If - with mineral-rich blackberry and bilberry fruit, quite estuarine (even if it doesn't border the Gironde!) The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy black fruit and blueberry notes. It's finely structured with a touch of liquorice popping up on the finish, overtly spicy on the aftertaste. This is a very well-crafted Saint-Émilion from Jacques Thienpont and team - no wonder it is gaining a loyal following like Le Pin. 93-95 Neal Martin, Vinous.

Aromas of raspberries, cherries, spices and bay leaf introduce the 2022 L'If, a medium to full-bodied, layered and fleshy wine that's taut and vibrant, built around lively acids and fine, chalky tannins. A suave Saint-Émilion, even in this structured vintage. 93-95 William Kelley.

Deep plum colour with violet reflections, and this is full of limestone intensity and grip, with fragrant floral aromatics. Bitter edge of black chocolate, fennel and aniseed, cassis fruits, real purity of character. Cyril Thienpont winemaker. Owned by the Thienponts since 2010. 93 Jane Anson.

Drinking Window: 2030 - 2055

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