- Château Le Pin
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2005 - 2020
- Case size
Robert Parker, April 2002,
This is an example of a wine that has gained considerable weight since I tasted it in 2000 and 2001. It is exotic and sexy, with a cunning display of super-ripe mocha and toast-infused, jammy black cherry fruit, low acidity, and a savory personality. It appears ready to drink, but will undoubtedly take on more delineation and structure as its ages in the bottle. It is a luxuriously rich, decadent 100% Merlot that will be at its finest between 2004-2015.
Robert Parker, April 2001,
Le Pin's 1999 is excellent, but it lacks volume, density, and richness. The heavy overlay of wood smoke seems obvious in this medium-bodied effort. The wine exhibits admirable ripeness, a sexy, sweet cherry and currant flavor profile, good length, low acidity, and a certain fragility that suggests consumption over the next 10-12 years is warranted. Drink: 2001 - 2013.
Clive Coates, April 2003,
Full colour. Very Merlot on the nose. Rich and almost sweet. Only medium body. Ripe. Violet and raspberry flavours. Not a lot of tannin. Not enough depth though. Very good but not special.Drink: 2006 - 2015
Château Le Pin
A true pioneer, proprietor Jacques Thienpont was one of the first garagistes in Bordeaux. He makeshis wine in a space under the house that could serve as a garage if it weren't in use as a winecellar. He differs from many of his fellow garagistes, in that he insists on producing terroir-driven, balanced Pomerol, while many others still produce over-extracted, ultra-ripe wines.
The small sub-region of Pomerol is situated north-east of the industrious city of Libourne. Pomerol's soils are predominately iron-rich clay with a smattering of gravel that produce wines with extraordinary power and depth. As a result of this clay-dominance, it has the highest percentage of Merlot planted in all of Bordeaux. Certain châteaux are produced exclusively from this grape, but most incorporate smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as well. Despite its hefty (if not exclusive) proportion of Merlot, many people think of wines from this region as separate entities. As one wine aficionado stated recently, "It's not Merlot. It's Pomerol." Despite the region's small size, Pomerol contains some of the world's most sought after (and expensive) wines including Pétrus, Le Pin, Lafleur, l'Evangile and Vieux Château Certan. Unlike other Bordelais subregions, there is no system of classification. The châteaux are traded on reputation alone.