|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
Very deep purple to black. So different to Le Pin! Intense dark fruit, very vibrant and lifted. Darkly concentrated smokey black fruit, that remains juicy and easy to hold in the mouth. Lovely restrained dry power and length. Drinking range: 2027 - 2050 Rating: 93-95 L&S (Apr 2017)
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The 2016 Chateau l'If, Jacques Thienpont's sister property to Le Pin, is pure Merlot picked on 19 and 20 October at 40 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 50% new oak, the remainder one year old. It delivers 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.38. It has a rich and opulent bouquet with crème de cassis and blueberry fruit, a little racy at first, but it seems to calm down in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a silky texture and very well judged acidity. There is a little more body compared to the 2015 l'If, a bit more density with layers of black cherry and blueberry towards the long, very fresh finish. The 2015 l'If was great, but the 2016 could be even better. Drinking range: 2022 - 2045 Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2017)
Gives a warm, inviting blast of pure, juicy cherry and plum sauce flavors, with a lightly toasted frame. Pretty anise and black tea notes in the background and a fresh mineral streak on the finish. Grows steadily in the glass too. Sneaky good. Rating: 92-95 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2017)
Very deep crimson. Quite rich and dense with lots of sweetness. Sinewy and savoury end. Quite racy and energetic compared with most St-Émilions. Bracing. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2017)
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