Robert Parker 92
The 2014 l’If has a pretty bouquet, quite intense with hints of licorice infusing the bright and vivid black cherry and blueberry fruit. With time, there is an intriguing melted tar scent. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannin. This l’If seems to have tightened up since I tasted it from barrel, yet it retains impressive focus and energy, long and tender in the mouth with that licorice touch returning on the finish. Excellent, but give this three or four years in bottle.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2032
The 2014 L’If is one of the most flamboyant wines I tasted during my recent trip to Bordeaux. A rush of dark cherry jam, chocolate and sweet spice hits the palate. Ripe and unctuous to the core, the 2014 possesses an almost extreme level of concentration for the vintage. There is just enough Cabernet Franc in the blend to add a touch of aromatic lift and structure. At times, the alcohol peeks out a bit. This is an especially opulent style. The blend is 91 % Merlot and 9 % Cabernet Franc. In a very short amount of time, Cyrille and Jacques Thienpont have done a terrific job with L’If.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2034