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  • Country ranking ?

    583
  • Producer ranking ?

    8
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    Pesto with Trofiette Pasta

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

2014 2012 2011 2010 2005
2 322€ -25.3% 3 110€ -8.5% 3 399€ -2.4% 3 484€ +99.8% 1 744€

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

Short

flavors

Vanilla, Coffee, Smoky and Mineral

nose

Youthful, Complex and Opulent

recommend

Yes

taste

Concentrated and Complex

Written Notes

The 2000 Le Pin was no amazing grace either. Its nose was a combination of cat box and mango juice, and not much more. It was smooth and a bit kinky, but either the bottle was completely shut down or ‘off.’ Feng Shui Tony also found it ‘very disappointing’.
  • 90p
Le Pin 2000 / These superb looking bottles were decanted for two hours. Moderately intense, ruby garnet colour. Very sophisticated and promising restrained nose. A seductive touch of roasted coffee, vanilja and toastiness. The palate reveals real class and plenty of density. Full palate has subtle structure. Aristocratic acidity and minerality with restrained but concentrated ripe fruitiness of blackcurrants with black truffels tones. The structure is completed by dense and silky tannins. Well-integrated delicate toasty oak flavours take hold on the palate with a long finish. Truly subtle and classy wine drinking well already now but will improve during the next ten years.
  • 97p

Information

Origin

Pomerol, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Excellent

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass Time

2h

Drinking Temperature

16

Inside Information

Wine Advocate #189
Jun 2010
Robert M. Parker, Jr. 96 Drink: 2015 - 2040 $2388-$4100
This is a slight downgrade for this wine, but I suspect it will bounce back, as it clearly needs more time. It was more reserved than I thought it would be, as Le Pin tends to be one of the more extravagantly rich, flamboyant wines of Pomerol. The one time I tasted the 2000, it had a dense ruby/purple color, aggressive new oak, loads of coconut, vanilla, and spice box, enormous concentration and thickness, but this is an estate where I thought their subsequent year, 2001, was an even better wine. This wine displays some firm tannins in the finish and should be forgotten for another 5-6 years. So much for Le Pin not aging well. This one has at least 25 years left in it.
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 Guo Ying / Sommelier, Pro (China)  tasted  Le Pin 2000  ( Le Pin )

"Le Pin 2000 / These superb looking bottles were decanted for two hours. Moderately intense, ruby garnet colour. Very sophisticated and promising restrained nose. A seductive touch of roasted coffee, vanilja and toastiness. The palate reveals real class and plenty of density. Full palate has subtle structure. Aristocratic acidity and minerality with restrained but concentrated ripe fruitiness of blackcurrants with black truffels tones. The structure is completed by dense and silky tannins. Well-integrated delicate toasty oak flavours take hold on the palate with a long finish. Truly subtle and classy wine drinking well already now but will improve during the next ten years.
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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Le Pin 2000  ( Le Pin )

"The 2000 Le Pin was no amazing grace either. Its nose was a combination of cat box and mango juice, and not much more. It was smooth and a bit kinky, but either the bottle was completely shut down or ‘off.’ Feng Shui Tony also found it ‘very disappointing’."

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Le Pin 2000  ( Le Pin )

"The 2000 Le Pin was shy at first, but crushed red fruits slowly emerged with an icy edge. Cranberry, currant, strawberry were all there. The ’00 had a nice, clean style with a touch of green bean around the tightly-wound, sweet core of raspberry fruit flavors. Like the ’98, the ’00 was a bit shy, despite some expressive tannins. I wanted more from this heralded vintage."

4y 6m ago

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