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2015 Chateau L'If

Removed from a professional wine storage facility

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RATINGS

93Wine Spectator

This has subtle but persistent waves of plum sauce, raspberry pâte de fruit and blackberry coulis flavors, all inlaid with light chalky minerality, perfumy black tea hints and a whiff of anise. The very refined structure lets the mineral edge linger in harmony with the fruit. Shows lovely purity. Sneakily long.

92-94The Wine Advocate

It has a very ravishing and opulent bouquet with macerated small red cherries, blueberry and a hint of powdered chocolate... The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, a pinch of white pepper, nicely structured and showing great style on the finish.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, St.-Émilion

Saint-Émilion is on the east side of the Dordogne River. At 13,400 acres it is one of Bordeaux’s largest appellations, and perhaps its most picturesque. It is also home to what has been called “the garagiste” movement of upstart, tradition-defying winemakers who produce artisanal wines in styles that are unconventional for the appellation. The village of Saint-Émilion dates from the middle ages and it sits on low hills, surrounded by ancient walls. Like its neighbor Pomerol, Saint-Émilion was not included in the famous Bordeaux classification system of 1855. But a century later a ranking system was put in place, and unlike the classification system for the Medoc, the Saint-Émilion system is reviewed every ten years, meaning that estates can be upgraded or downgraded. There are three rankings: Grand Cru Classé, Premier Grand Cru Classé B and Premier Grand Cru Classé A, with the final ranking being the best. Such legendary Saint-Émilion estates as Châteaux Ausone and Cheval-Blanc are Premier Grand Cru Classé A, along with Châteaux Pavie and Angélus, both added to the classification in 2012. Wines in this appellation are primarily Merlot, mixed with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.