l'if, saint-emilion 2021
VINOUS
96

2021 l'if, saint-emilion

Why We're Buying

Château L'If has made its name on Bordeaux red blends that feature 70% merlot and 30% cabernet franc. The estate manages 14 separate parcels in Saint-Émilion, selecting only the finest fruit during harvest. It is part of the reason why investors can only find 1,000 cases of Château L'If each year. Additionally, the price for this red wine rose 42.2% from 2017 to 2021.

Critics Scores

VINOUS
96

Vinous

The 2021 L'If is super-impressive right out of the gate. A high percentage of Cabernet Franc (21%) along with the introduction of 400-liter barrels yields an If that is marked by a striking interplay of richness and breadth allied to a palpable sense of energy. Dark cherry, cloves, leather, crushed rocks, rose petal and blood orange are some of the myriad aromas and flavors that develop with a little coaxing. The 2021 is a deeply intriguing wine. I can't wait to see how it ages. Tasted two times. 94-93