The 2015 L'If, the sibling of Le Pin, of course, has a high-toned iodine-tinged bouquet with floral scents emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, gentle grip, nicely structured with an attractive cedar- and black-pepper-tinged finish that shows more weight and density than its peers. It is a little heady but it is still well crafted. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019|
Aromas of blackberries, dried mushrooms and iodine. Sweet tobacco and cloves to boot. Full body and a creamy texture that the limestone imparts. Very persistent. Impressive drive and precision. Try in 2022.
|Score: 98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
This is very intense and mineral on the palate with so much salt and white pepper character. Full and powerful. A great and structured L’If.
|Score: 97/98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
Jacques Thienpont's 2015 L'If has really come together over the last two years. Rich and full-bodied on the palate, with tremendous fruit density, the 2015 is beautifully layered from start to finish. Expressive aromatics lift over a core of black cherry, chocolate, spice, espresso and new French oak. This is a big, potent wine, and yet it also exudes nuance and delineation. Simply put, the 2015 L'If is superb. 2022 - 2040
|Score: 95||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018|
Tasted blind. Intense and spicy and zesty with real energy and not too much exaggeration. My fellow tasters criticised it for being too stalky and high-acid and not tasting of Le Pin! 14.5%
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019|
This new property is owned and managed by Jacques Thienpont of Le Pin. It consists of 7 hectares of which 5 are next to Troplong Mondot. The encepagement is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc and the name comes from the French word for a Yew tree. It was not yet available to taste in April 2016.
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