1990 Le Pin

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Average critic rating : 96.33 points



The 1990 Le Pin has more in common with the 1982 than most wines of this vintage. This wine exhibits concentrated fig, blackberry, creme de cassis, kirsch, roasted coffee, herb, and spice box characteristics, and incredible amounts of glycerin as well as velvety tannins. Still tasting like an adolescent, it rocks and rolls across the palate in a glorious manner. Anticipated maturity: now-2025. Release price: ($5000.00/case) Wine Advocate.June, 2009



Tasted at Bipin Desai’s Le Pin vertical in Los Angeles. Not tasted since the millennium, this remains an outrageous Pomerol to die for. Decadent and ostentatious on the nose with sweet cassis and blackberry fruit, creme de menthe, hot bricks, a faint hint of cloves (not as much as the ’89) and utterly seductive. The full-bodied palate has layers of exotic, ripe black fruits, cooked meats, a touch of menthol and just a hint of VA. Incredible level of concentration and yet it is not blowsy and poorly defined in any way. It coats the mouth with its lascivious charm. Oh la la! Lovers of “classic” Pomerol will abhor it, but it actually resembles the Petrus ’90 more than I predicted. Try to taste this just once in your life! 700 cases released. Drink now-2020. Tasted November 2008. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com



Shows lots of ripe fruit, with almost-jammy berry and plum character. Full-bodied, soft and round-textured, with a long, caressing finish. Lots of coffee and fruit in the aftertaste. Delicious, but will improve.--Le Pin non-blind vertical. Drink now. 500 cases made. James Suckling,Wine Spectator2008

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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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