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    3 633
  • Producer ranking ?

    31
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Smoked Chicken Sauteed Mushrooms

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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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Still with deep crimson core and youthful in colour. Absolutley glorious perfume of red fruit and definite floral notes, as well as cinnamon sweetness. A hint of orange too – wonderfully exotic and still with a very delicate leafiness that marks this vintage more than most. Totally smooth on the palate, deep and caressing, with that lovely fragrance carried through onto the palate. This is gorgeous. Long and succulent with that scent lingering on and on.

  • 96p

This elegant, fruity, slightly herbal Pomerol reveals a light style as well as mocha-infused, caramelized strawberry and black cherry fruit, medium body, and a soft style. It is best consumed over the next 7-8 years. Drink 2010-2018.

  • 89p

Aromatic, light, round and without that many nuances. A vintage which won't be mentioned in history books.

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Origin

Pomerol, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

1h

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