1997 Le Pin

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Average critic rating : 87.75 points



Le Pin's 1997 reveals an excessive amount of oak for the concentration of fruit. The wine possesses sweet currant and cherry fruit, abundant toasty oak, and a seductive style, but the oak is elevated. It will probably not last long enough for the wood to become fully integrated. Or, am I wrong about that? Anticipated maturity: now-2008. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 128



Tasted at Bipin Desai’s Le Pin vertical in Los Angeles. The ’97 Le Pin has a pleasurable, well-defined nose with raspberry, wild strawberry and cranberry-scented nose – conservative and straight-laced. The palate has quite chewy entry with good acidity, relatively simple compared to other vintages and lacking some tension and poise. Notes of black cherries, redcurrants and hints of tobacco and dried herbs, but it is a Pomerol with just a single emotion, it does not and has no desire to take you, the taster, anywhere of interest. There were 567 cases produced. Drink now-2014. Tasted November 2008. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com



Better than I remember. Shows a slightly pruny character, but has some good plummy fruit. Full and round, soft and velvety. Long. A bit one-dimensional. Ready.--Le Pin non-blind vertical. Drink now. James Suckling,Wine Spectator2008



Ruby with a notably pale rim. Harsh, awkward nose with some slightly burnt notes and, at the same time, a hint of green. There is certainly no shortage of acidity and yet a certain lack of life on the palate. From this bottle the wine faded fast on the finish and dried out in the glass. Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com

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Le Pin 1997
+£14,406.18     (+525.39%) Latest price:  £17,148.18
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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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