2012 Chateau L'If Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 98 NM 93 WS 92 WA 91
JS 98

jamessuckling.com, February 2015

Mind-bending aromas of red licorice, spices, bark and dark fruits. Yet reserved and balanced. The palate is phenomenal with compact fruit and polished tannins. It goes on for minutes. 62% merlot and 28% cabernet franc...
NM 93

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2013

(NM91-93 points) The L’If is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from Jacques Thienpont, who bought the estate in 2010. Matured in 30% new oak (decreased from the first vintage under Jacques) it has a lovely...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, March 2015

Delivers a gorgeous array of violet, plum sauce, melted black licorice and steeped blackberry fruit, lined with subtle ganache and fruitcake notes. Long and fleshy through the finish, with a lovely graphite accent...
WA 91

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2016

Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux tasting. The 2012 Château L'If from Jacques Thienpont and Fiona Morrison has a broody, introspective bouquet that needs encouragement from the glass. Although it is tightly coiled...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2012
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

Introducing the exquisite 2012 Chateau L'If, a Bordeaux Blend that hails from the prestigious Saint Emilion region of France. This red wine is a true masterpiece, displaying all the qualities of a world-class Bordeaux.

With its deep, rich color and a captivating nose, the 2012 Chateau L'If immediately captures your attention. The aromas are nothing short of mind-bending, with enticing notes of red licorice, spices, bark, and dark fruits. Yet, despite its intensity, the bouquet remains reserved and impeccably balanced.

On the palate, this wine delivers an extraordinary experience. The fruit is compact, exhibiting exceptional concentration and depth, while the tannins are polished and velvety. The flavors seem to linger forever, creating a lasting impression that will leave you in awe. This remarkable wine is a blend of 62% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc, showcasing the winemaker's skill in crafting a harmonious and complex composition.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded the 2012 Chateau L'If an outstanding score of 98 points, praising its phenomenal palate and polished tannins. Neal Martin's Wine Journal also sang its praises, awarding it 93 points and highlighting its lovely candied ripe fruit and crisp acidity.

The wine's elegance and finesse are further endorsed by Wine Spectator, who awarded it 92 points. They described it as delivering a gorgeous array of violet, plum sauce, melted black licorice, and steeped blackberry fruit. They also noted its pure, lovely mouthfeel and a beautiful graphite accent that carries through the finish.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also recognized the exceptional qualities of the 2012 Chateau L'If, awarding it 91 points. Noting its well-defined structure and grippy dark plum and blackberry fruit, they praised the winemakers Jacques Thienpont and Fiona Morrison for their remarkable achievement, considering their recent takeover of the property.

With an alcohol percentage of 14.0%, this wine possesses the perfect balance of power and finesse. It is sealed with a classic cork closure, enhancing the overall experience and ensuring its ability to age gracefully.

The 2012 Chateau L'If is truly a wine that exemplifies the best of Bordeaux. Its complexity, elegance, and incredible aging potential make it a must-have for any wine enthusiast. Whether you choose to enjoy it now or cellar it for years to come, this wine is sure to impress and delight.