2014 Chateau L'If (1500 ml)

2014 Chateau L&

2014 Chateau L'If (1500 ml)

Saint emillion, Bordeaux, France, 1500ml
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The Château L’If 2014, the Saint Emilion estate that Jacques Thienpont and Fiona Morrison MW bought in 2010, is a blend of 91% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc picked between 9 and 17 October, aged in 50% new oak and 50% one-year old. The nose offers up enticing licorice scents: detailed, vivacious and fresh with plenty of black fruit mixed with black olive. The palate is tightly wound with chalky tannin, that licorice note continuing through to the finish that is linear and crisp. This is an splendid Saint Emilion unapologetically elegant in style, one that as Jacques himself quipped, is the kind of bottle you finish. This is a very impressive Saint Emilion...in fact, comparing them side-by-side it might be just as good as Le Pin!
  • Alcohol %: 14%
  • Decant Time: 2 hours
  • Taste: Licorice, Truffle, Smoke, Tobacco, Black fruits, Black olive, Chalky tannin
  • Food Matching: Roasted lamb, Grilled steak, Mushroom risotto, Aged cheeses
  • Grape Variety: Merlot : 91%, Cabernet Franc : 9%,


Tasting note


The 2014 L'If from Saint-Emilion is a testament to the finesse and elegance that Bordeaux can offer. With a blend dominated by Merlot, complemented by a touch of Cabernet Franc, this wine exudes a bouquet of licorice, truffle, and a smoky tobacco character, intertwined with fully ripened black fruits and a hint of black olive. The palate is greeted with a tightly woven structure of chalky tannins, carrying the licorice notes through to a linear and crisp finish. This wine, aged in a balanced mix of new and one-year-old French oak barrels, presents an unapologetically elegant style. Decanting for two hours is recommended to fully appreciate its complexity. Perfectly paired with roasted lamb, grilled steak, or a hearty mushroom risotto, it also complements aged cheeses beautifully.

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