- Château Le Pin
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2017 - 2036
- Case size
- Available Now
Robert Parker, May 2011,
This is an elegant, sexy, aromatic style of Le Pin, with a dark plum/purple-tinged color and a seductive nose of caramel, mocha, jammy black cherries and currants, as well as hints of wood and earth. Medium to full-bodied and round, with no hard edges, this lush style of wine should drink nicely for another 15 or more years. Drink: 2011 - 2026
Robert Parker, April 2009,
This wine had finished malolactic fermentation, but it was still very primary and largely unevolved. There will be approximately 525 cases of this 100% Merlot in 2008. A dense purple color is followed by notes of cassis, kirsch, plums, and hints of underbrush as well as roasted coffee beans. The wine possesses superb concentration, beautiful freshness, and an opulent, dense style with exceptionally sweet tannin. It will be an outrageously good Pomerol to consume over the next 25 years. Drink: 2009 - 2034
Jancis Robinson, April 2009,
Mid crimson. Rich and vegy and succulent. Very sweet and complete and lively. So polished and juicy yet great vivacity. Great zest as well as sweetness. Great stuff , all the way through. Very smooth and lots of sleek quality. Much the most energetic vintage of Pin I remember. Not much higher than 13% alcohol but definitely Le Pin in terms of richness.
Wine Spectator, April 2009,
Complex aromas of blackberries, cherries, chocolate and violets. Very Burgundian nose. Full-bodied, with a wonderful texture and sweet fruit. So much chocolate and silky texture. Really beautiful and mesmerizing. Superlong.
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.