1999 Le Pin

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Average critic rating : 94.0 points



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



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



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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Le Pin 1999
+£13,519.33     (+392.89%) Latest price:  £16,960.33
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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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