1985 Le Pin

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Average critic rating : 93.0 points



A sexy tart of a wine, this open-knit, expensive, fleshy wine offers up sumptuous notes of smoked herbs, melted caramel, espresso, jammy black currant and cherry fruit, and plenty of licorice. Very sweet, round, and luscious in the mouth with an unctuous texture, no obvious tannins, and a silky-textured, lush finish, this fully mature Le Pin should continue to drink well for 5-10 more years. Anticipated maturity: Now-2012. Last tasted 12,/01. Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book 4th Ed. January 2003



Tasted at Bipin Desai’s Le Pin vertical in Los Angeles. The bottle of Le Pin ’85 must have been an off-bottle, not corked, but a nose redolent of Wellington boots and boiled cabbage! Fortunately the palate seemed untainted: firm tannins, good acidity, quite fleshy and driven by the Merlot with a smooth velvety finish. However, I do not particularly want to pinch my nose when tasting a Le Pin. 560 cases produced. Tasted November 2008. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com



Wonderful lychee and berry fruit character on the nose. Full-bodied and soft-textured, with caressing tannins. Long and beautiful. More friendly than the 1986. Lovely, open, inviting and seductive.--Le Pin non-blind vertical. Drink now. James Suckling, Winespectator.com

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Le Pin 1985
+£20,468.64     (+341.94%) Latest price:  £26,454.64
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Le Pin, one of the three great, great names of Pomerol with Châteaux Pétrus and Lafleur , is one of the rarest, most expensive and finest red wines of Bordeaux. Le Pin produces just 600 or so cases per year from a tiny 1.6 hectare plot in Pomerol.

Owned by the Jacques Thienpont of the Pomerol dynasty who also own Vieux Château Certan , Le Pin was born in 1979 when Jacques bought the vineyards for a reputed million francs. With vineyard prices in Pomerol now estimated to be in the region of one to two million euros per hectare, this looks a bargain for what is one of Bordeaux’s most famous vineyards. Quality started to take off with the 1982 vintage: a case of this wine will set you back more than GBP 50,000 if you can find one – on release it would have been a couple of hundred pounds.

There are a few odd Cabernet Franc vines in the vineyard at Le Pin, though the wine is 100% Merlot and, along with Pétrus, Le Pin can be regarded as the pinnacle of what can be achieved with Merlot. Three vintages of Le Pin – 1982, 2009 and 2010 - are rated as 100 point wines by Robert Parker; other top vintages are 1990, 2001, 1989 and 2000.

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