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Le Pin is the most expensive wine in the world. Jacques Thienpont purchased the meagre 1.6 hectares of land for one million francs in 1979. The Thienpoints named their wine Le Pin after a solitary pine tree that shaded the property. By acquiring tiny adjoining plots of land, Jacques has doubled the size of Le Pin to five acres. The south-facing vineyard on a well-drained slope of gravel and sand is planted with Merlot (about 92%), and a small amount of Cabernet Franc.
Le Pin's soil is a mixture of gravel and clay with a little sand and is exceptionally low yielding (between 30 to 35 hl/hc). The grapes are hand-harvested and are fermented in stainless steel before being matured in`200%` new oak barriques for between 14 and 18 months. Dany Rolland, wife of cult-oenologist Michel Rolland, is a consultant here.
Le Pin produces just 600 to 700 cases each year (Lafite Rothschild produces approximately 29,000 cases of wine a year and and Pétrus about 4,000) and its rarity is one of the driving forces behind its high prices. Le Pin produces super-concentrated, decadent, lush and lavishly oaked wines - they can be drunk young but are best with 7-10 years of bottle ageing.
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Magnum 1 x 150cl
Le Pin 2011 boasts an intense nose of cedar with very slight hints of the new oak that will meld into the wine during elevage. On the palate, it is rich and firm with both redcurrant and brambly fruit and a touch of spice. The finish is very impressively long and extremely intense. This is a wine of supreme intensity but without overt weight, and it looks to be an outstanding Le Pin made with a new precision from Jacques Thienpont's new chai. This is top of the tree in Pomerol. Nicholas Pegna, Berrys’ Asia
Bottle 3 x 75cl
Bottle 6 x 75cl
One of the few great success stories on the Right Bank in 2009, Le Pin is a beautiful, intense but supremely elegant wine. Richly concentrated, the power is evident underneath but the very fine backbone and beautiful, silky tannins just carry the long finish on and on. Jacques Thienpont picked his tiny, one hectare property early to achieve one of the lowest alcohol levels on this side of the river (13.5%); an amazing achievement which has resulted in an astonishingly harmonious wine. Absolutely delicious.
"One of the top Pomerols of the vintage, the impressive 2004 Le Pin boasts a classic, exotic perfume of caramelized black fruits, spicy new oak, espresso roast, and chocolate. It is well-delineated, opulent, and medium to full-bodied with refreshing acidity as well as a vigorous, long finish. It will probably close down over the next several years, re-emerge in 5-7 years, and drink well for the following 15+." 92-94/100 points. (Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Jun-2006)