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  • Country ranking ?

    111
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Butternut Squash and Cheddar Strata

The Story

Château Le Pin, or simply Le Pin, is an unclassed Bordeaux wine from the appellation Pomerol. There has never been an official classification of Pomerol. Even so, Chateau Le Pin commands prices that put it at levels equal to the best wines of Bordeaux. The unusually small estate is located on the Right Bank of France’s Gironde estuary, and its wine is periodically one of the world's most expensive red wines. Le Pin was the first of the "garage wines" or microchateau that have become cult collector wines. These wines defy the traditional classifications.
 

Madame Laubie, whose family had owned the plot since 1924 sold the vineyard in 1979 to the Belgian Thienpont family for 1 million francs. Developed by Marcel and Gérard Thienpont on less than 2 hectares, wine was produced by microcuvée from a farmhouse basement. The property was given the name Le Pin by the Thienponts from a solitary pine tree that shades the property. By acquiring tiny adjoining plots of land, Jacques has doubled the size of Le Pin to five acres.

Occasionally the most expensive wine in the world, continually receiving high ratings from wine critics and produced in extremely small numbers, Le Pin bottles are a constant presence on the wine auction market. Le Pin produces just 600 to 700 cases each year.
Currently managed by Jacques Thienpont, additional tiny plots of land have been acquired. Some years no wine is produced.

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000
3 511€ -5.0% 3 694€ +11.0% 3 329€ +11.1% 2 996€ -9.9% 3 326€ -3.0% 3 429€ +183.2% 1 211€ +154.4% 476€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Long, Extensive and Flavorful

flavors

Licorice, Vanilla, Coffee and Herbs

nose

Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

Warming, Well-structured, Full-bodied, Rich, Full and Sweet tannins

Written Notes

The intense nose of the 1990 Le Pin really stood out, bursting with plums and cassis, along with their trees ready to be plucked from the garden of Versailles. Edges of green beans and stalk rounded out the nose. The palate was rich and lovely, continuing the decadent fruit theme with hints of coffee and more green bean. The 1990 had outstanding thickness and richness, setting it apart from most of the pack in this distinguished flight.
  • 96p

A high water mark for Le Pin, berries, spices, exotic fruit, coffee and caramel abound on the nose. It opens as if it were an intersection of vinous ports of call – Pomerol in its best sultry sensuousness meets Pauillac for formidable structure meets Rhone for pepper and rich dark fruit, and then Le Pin in its core sexiness fully asserts itself. You get coconuts, cherries, plum, mouth perfume, rounded and lascivious, cloves and mushrooms next, this is quite evidently kin to Petrus in this vintage in many ways, culminating in a sweet, luscious, lingering finish. To some in the room, this was the revelation of the evening for its distinctive appeal. 96-97 Points

  • 97p

Tasted on the 9th December 2016. This wine showed fasscinating and riveting display of richness, sophisticated touch and variety of flavours in kinky, funky way. Melot at its best here! Just imagine how long this wine will keep, because at age of 26 years there still is many yearsto go.

  • 99p

Information

Origin

Pomerol, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Excellent

Fake factory

There is a possibility

Glass time

1h

Drinking temperature

16

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99p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Le Pin 1990  ( Le Pin )

Tasted on the 9th December 2016. This wine showed fasscinating and riveting display of richness, sophisticated touch and variety of flavours in kinky, funky way. Melot at its best here! Just imagine how long this wine will keep, because at age of 26 years there still is many yearsto go.

9m 29d ago

97p
 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Le Pin 1990  ( Le Pin )

A high water mark for Le Pin, berries, spices, exotic fruit, coffee and caramel abound on the nose. It opens as if it were an intersection of vinous ports of call – Pomerol in its best sultry sensuousness meets Pauillac for formidable structure meets Rhone for pepper and rich dark fruit, and then Le Pin in its core sexiness fully asserts itself. You get coconuts, cherries, plum, mouth perfume, rounded and lascivious, cloves and mushrooms next, this is quite evidently kin to Petrus in this vintage in many ways, culminating in a sweet, luscious, lingering finish. To some in the room, this was the revelation of the evening for its distinctive appeal. 96-97 Points

9m 29d ago

96p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Le Pin 1990  ( Le Pin )

Almost black-red. Has an enormous intensity of of ripe blackcurrants and blackberries. What a depth, complexity and nuance-richness here!. Incredibly well-compoused with many layers of superbly concentrated blackcurrant/blackberry fruit with lusciousness. Very long aftertaste. "Bull's eye!".

1y 8d ago

96p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Le Pin 1990  ( Le Pin )

"The intense nose of the 1990 Le Pin really stood out, bursting with plums and cassis, along with their trees ready to be plucked from the garden of Versailles. Edges of green beans and stalk rounded out the nose. The palate was rich and lovely, continuing the decadent fruit theme with hints of coffee and more green bean. The 1990 had outstanding thickness and richness, setting it apart from most of the pack in this distinguished flight."

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