In 1979 Jacques Thienpont purchased a tiny vineyard of 1.5 hectares in Pomerol and started making the legendary and expensive wine Le Pin (meaning Pine tree). It took Jacques three decades to find another vineyard to serve as a counter point to Le Pin. In 2010 he purchased a vineyard in St-Emilion close to the famous Troplong-Mondot and Valandraud. The property, original called Château Haut Plantey, has been renamed L’If, meaning Yew tree. It is a play on the English word “If” to capture the limitless choices one has when making wine. As he experiments with the blend of L’If, he has continued to produce another wine keeping the original name of Château Haut Plantey. Tasting Château Haut Plantey allows you taste the promise that drew Jacques to this vineyard. The vintage 2011 is a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet-Franc and 5% Cabernet-Sauvignon. The wine has a nose of purple plum and warm spices such as cinnamon and clove, and hints of leather. On the palate the wine is fruit forward with firm structures, very soft, ripe tannins and balanced acidity. The finish of the wine is long and sweet. There is a quiet elegance to this wine, precisely made and in keeping with Jacques’s vision of showcasing the purest of fruit.
Food pairings include steak, braised beef, roasted duck.