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  • Country ranking ?

    382
  • Producer ranking ?

    6
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

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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12 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Purple and Clear

ending

Medium, Round and Pure

nose

Youthful, Pure, Complex and Fresh

taste

Balanced, Well-structured, Good texture, Youthful, Full-bodied, Vigor, Fresh and Fruity

Verdict

Transparent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is purple, and looking clear, deep and youthful . On the nose it is youthful, intense, fresh, complex, round and pure. The taste is vigor, fresh, fruity, refined, full-bodied, with good texture, well-structured, balanced structure and youthful. The finish is medium long, round, pure and vibrant. This wine is transparent, sophisticated and excellent. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 20-30 years.
  • 97p

Ruby. Anise, fruity, red berries, scented, detailed, blueberries, elegant, floral, minerals, graphite notes. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, minerals, detailed, intense yet silky, nuanced, playful, refined, touch of tobacco, long, incredibly long. Subtle yet incredible depth. 97-99

  • 98p

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Le Pin (100% Merlot) is a little reticent to begin, opening out to crushed black berries, warm black plums and wild blueberries with touches of forest floor, violets, star anise and cast iron pan with a waft of cigar box. Medium to full-bodied, it has a sensuous frame of very ripe, silken tannins and seamless freshness, flaunting a very elegant core of perfumed fruit and finishing with many, many mineral layers. 94-96p

Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Very elegant and persistent nose, complex aroma, wonderful fruit, very precise, hints of mild spices and very discreet roasting aroma in the background. On the palate velvety tannins, elegant fruit, freshness and excellent length. A great wine. 99

  • 99p

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Origin

Pomerol, Bordeaux

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