The Story of L’Ifs - The Wine Independent

France, Bordeaux, Saint-Émilion

The Story of L’If

In 2010, Jacques Thienpont, owner of the illustrious Pomerol property Le Pin, did something unexpected. He bought a small, unlikely vineyard of around five hectares located on the backroads of Saint-Émilion, on the path down from Troplong-Mondot and en route to Barde-Haut. The estate was formerly known as Château Haut-Plantey; not that many had ever heard of it. Situated next to a run-down barn, the vines were in a poor state. But Jacques saw more than future potential here. He heard a calling from his past.

The Calling

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