2007 Le Pin



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Average critic rating : 90.6 points

89

89

This elegant, fruity, slightly herbal Pomerol reveals a light style as well as mocha-infused, caramelized strawberry and black cherry fruit, medium body, and a soft style. It is best consumed over the next 7-8 years. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 188

92-93

92-93

This is another wine with a very Burgundian nose (although Le Pin often adopts a Burgundian persona.) Red cherries, wild strawberries, more earthiness than in previous vintages, perhaps more introspective compared to how the 2006 was showing this time last year. Medium-bodied, a little rough round the edges but that lends the wine a sharpness and in a sense, more of a rustic personality. Bilberry and boysenberry towards the finish, very linear but there is an unerring sense of precision to this year’s Le Pin, though it does not have the length of the previous two vintages. Silky finish. Very promising. Tasted April 2008. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

90

90

Shows sweet herb, dark berry and light smoke on the nose. Full-bodied, offering chewy tannins and plenty of new wood and fruit. Tight and reserved, with plenty to come. Needs some time in the bottle. Best after 2014. James Suckling,Wine Spectator2010

17

17

Dark crimson with a pale rim. Rich and even a little bit of leather and liquorice. Very different from most years! More obvious richness than the Moueix wines just tasted but much lighter and leaner than most years. Sweet start, a hint of bloodiness, quite fresh but even Le Pin has a dry, rather sudden finish in 2007. The leanest Le Pin I have ever tasted. The Thienponts thought it wasn’t tasting as well as it had done the day before. Alain Vauthier showed another sample of it at Ch Ausone a couple of days later that looked much more powerful, velvety and rich. 17++ points, Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com

16.5

16.5

Deep colour and abundant fruit, the palate rich, suave and full. Misses an extra dimension, though, and that trademark floral, Burgundian stamp. Could well improve with é.levage. Drink 2013-2020. 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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