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L'If 2018 (750ML)

$299.00
SKU:
LIFAAAAAB8B
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Pre-Arrival
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Other Details

Vintage:
2018
Region:
Right Bank
Appellation:
Saint Emilion
Format:
750ML
Stock Status:
Pre-Arrival

Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions

99 JS / 97 VM / 93-96 WS / 93-95 WA

#15 James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of France 2021
#53 James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of 2021

Aromas of black cherries, blueberries, licorice, dried lavender, nutmeg and grated milk chocolate. Pure raspberries, walnut husks and crushed peppercorns as well. It’s full-bodied with firm, racy tannins that go on for minutes. So sleek and polished with a long finish. Really amazing and perhaps the best wine ever from here. Same ownership as the legendary Le Pin from Pomerol. Slightly more cabernet franc (30% instead of 20%) in the blend may have made the difference. The rest is merlot. Clearly the best wine ever from here, since the official first vintage 2011. Try from 2026. - James Suckling

The 2018 L'If is super-impressive, even if it comes across as a bit restrained today. Ultimately, that energy will serve it well. Dark and sensual, with striking aromatic presence and fabulous balance, the 2018 dazzles from start to finish. Dark cherry, plum, spice, new leather, menthol and mocha all build in the glass. The 2018 is bold, sumptuous and full of energy. I can't wait to see how it ages. What a wine. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

A streamlined style, with alluring cassis, raspberry and plum sauce flavors, carried by a velvety structure. Accessible in feel, but the fruit is enticing and the length is notable, suggesting this will fill out even more. - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2018 L'If is blended of 74% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc, to be aged 12-16 months in barriques, 50% new. The wine has a pH of 3.55 and 14.5% alcohol. Deep purple-black in color, it gives up a beautiful perfume of baked raspberries, mulberries and Black Forest cake with hints of fragrant soil, rose hip tea and dusty soil. Full-bodied, rich and jam-packed with generous red and black fruits framed by velvety tannins, it has wonderful savory chocolate and licorice accents and a long, spicy finish. - LPB, Wine Advocate

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