1999 Le Pin



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£2,872.00

Average critic rating : 94.0 points

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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. Wine Advocate.April, 2002

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Tasted at Bipin Desai’s Le Pin vertical in Los Angeles. Even compared to the 1998 I found that the Le Pin 1999 is far more interesting on the nose, very expressive, pure and beautifully defined with black cherries, cassis, mulberry, hints of fresh fig and damson, but leaving it to acquaint itself with the air: subtle notes of mint and then balsam emerge. The palate is full-bodied and balanced the super-ripe black fruit with both nervosite and a sense of tension. Blackberry, black cherry, a touch of smoke with a touch of zingy mango sorbet just on the finish, leaving the palate fresh and reinvigorated. What a wonderful wine! A total of 550 cases produced. Drink 2010-2020+ Tasted November 2008. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

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Delivers decadent aromas of meat and berry, with hints of new leather. Full-bodied, featuring very soft tannins and a long finish. The palate shows lots of richness. Very yummy now. Don't wait. Unique and very seductive. '89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Drink now. 500 cases made. James Suckling,Wine Spectator2010

Epitomises elegance, grace and limpidity, with fine violet perfumes infusing the wine and the very silkiest of tannins. Decanter.com



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Château Le Pin: The Importance

Château Le Pin is without a doubt one of the most famous names in wine. A vinous icon and one of the three great names of Pomerol alongside Château Pétrus and Château Lafleur, it is one of the rarest, most expensive and finest red wines of Bordeaux – if not the world.

 

Founded in 1979, Le Pin produces just 600 or so cases per year from a tiny 1.6 hectare plot in Pomerol. The winery roared into life with the 1982 vintage and has astounded collectors and critics ever since; in the words of Robert Parker, “The first vintages were superb, and Le Pin quickly became not only one of the greatest Pomerols but also Bordeaux’s most exotic and luxurious, not to mention most expensive, wine.”

 

If there is one thing that stands out in people’s minds when discussing Le Pin, it is the price tag. The value of this wine has skyrocketed over the years, causing it to vie with Pétrus for the positon of most expensive wine. However, it isn’t only the wine that has changed price; while Thienpont initially bought the land for a reputed million francs (around €153000), it is now estimated to be worth in the region of one to two million euros per hectare. Similarly, a case of the vanguard 1982 vintage will now set you back more than £50,000, whereas on release it would have been just a couple of hundred.

 

Château Le Pin: The Insight

 

Le Pin produces just 600 to 700 cases each year, a truly miniscule number that is dwarfed in comparison to the Right-Bank first growths. For example, Lafite Rothschild produces around 29,000 cases a year. To put this tiny amount into perspective even the relatively rare fellow Pomerol of Pétrus makes around 4,000 cases. This rarity plays a key factor in Le Pin’s exclusivity and value, with the prestigious bottles becoming items that only a few collectors can hope to ever own. Not bad for what started as a one-man endeavour with simplicity at its heart.

 

Wine experts consider Le Pin’s key advantage to be its unique terroir and soil composition. Consisting of a sandy gravel topsoil on a bedrock of limestone, it is notably different from surrounding vineyards and widely agreed to add to Le Pin’s style. Neal Martin describes Le Pin as “a huge, highly oaked, exotic, hedonistic wine” that is tantalizing, charming and seductive. There are a few odd Cabernet Franc vines in the vineyard at Le Pin but the wine is 100% Merlot and, along with Pétrus, Le Pin can be regarded as the pinnacle of what can be achieved with the grape. 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.

 

Château Le Pin: The Background

 

Despite its modern day glamour, Le Pin started life with humble beginnings. The land was owned by the Loubie family for over five decades from the 1920s, during which time its wine was sold as generic Pomerol. The vineyard was then bought in 1979 by Jacques Thienpont, part of a Pomerol dynasty who also own Vieux Château Certan. Jacques bought the vineyards for a relatively small amount, a price which now seems absurd for Bordeaux’s most coveted wine.



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