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  • Country ranking ?

    36
  • Producer ranking ?

    4
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb Loin with Carrot Risotto

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 2013
2 902€ +1.6% 2 855€

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

Deep and Bright

ending

Long, Extensive and Flavorful

nose

Intense, Pure, Complex and Fresh

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Complex, Good texture, Youthful, Firm, Vigor, Ripe and Silky tannins

Verdict

Intelligent and Fine

Written Notes

Plums, spices, blackberries, truffles. This wine doesn't just enter your mouth, it glides over the tongue with very fine, velvety tannins and layers of exotic flavours. If a wine has a soul, this one is deep, complex and linked to its heritage, expressing the potential of its site. The flavours are symphonic and the length is extremely long. This is simply a gorgeous wine.

  • 98p

This wine showed very fresh, meaty and silky texture, great intensity and concentration, sophisticated touch and stunning length. Incredibly exciting wine.

  • 98p

Information

Origin

Pomerol, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Extraordinary

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

None

Glass time

4h

Drinking temperature

16

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 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Pro (China)  tasted  Le Pin 2009  ( Le Pin )

Plums, spices, blackberries, truffles. This wine doesn't just enter your mouth, it glides over the tongue with very fine, velvety tannins and layers of exotic flavours. If a wine has a soul, this one is deep, complex and linked to its heritage, expressing the potential of its site. The flavours are symphonic and the length is extremely long. This is simply a gorgeous wine.

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Le Pin 2009  ( Le Pin )

This wine showed very fresh, meaty and silky texture, great intensity and concentration, sophisticated touch and stunning length. Incredibly exciting wine.

11m 10d ago

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