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2010 Le Pin, Pomerol

Le Pin, Pomerol
The winningly self-­effacing Jacques Thienpont continues to work his magic at this small Pomerol jewel. The nose is still a little oaky, but the wine beneath it is very feminine, with feline grace, subtle, allusive fruit flavours of red cherry and raspberry, a sprinkling of aniseed, fine-­grained tannins and a fresh, elegant finish. Bound to be
very pricey, but undoubtedly a great wine.
(Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com, May 2011)

Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 18/20 100/100 98 96 - 99/100
Le Pin, Pomerol
The 2010 Le Pin has all the charm of the 2009 vintage but to my mind a touch more vivacity and structure. Lifted Burgundian red fruit and spice aromas and flavour. Supple caressing fruit on the palate. Decadent sweetness on the mid-palate then long filigree tannins.
(James Lawther MW- Decanter – Apr 2011)

Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 18/20 100/100 98 96 - 99/100
Le Pin, Pomerol
The 2010 Le Pin is very dark crimson and voluptuous. Lovely combination of richness, savour and freshness. A big step up. Fresh minerality on the finish. Jacques Thienpont was worried about the Merlots, and Alexandre Thienpont encouraged picking here so that he could pick at Vieux Château Certan. Most unusual freshness. Sinewy. Really racy but with great density... Jacques says he would like to have waited a little longer but the results aren’t too bad, are they?
(Jancis Robinson MW- jancis robinson.com, Apr 2011)


Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 18/20 100/100 98 96 - 99/100
Le Pin, Pomerol
Made from 100% Merlot (one percent for each rating point I’ve assigned), this wine is explosively rich and compelling. Dense plum/purple, it boasts the remarkable delineation and freshness that are hallmarks of this vintage. From a much smaller production than normal because of Merlot’s poor flowering, the very hot, dry growing and harvest conditions, this is a super-endowed, very rich Le Pin with its exotic new oak largely buried behind its extravagant concentration, power and richness. I don’t know what its natural alcohol level is, but I suspect it is pushing 15% in 2010. Rich, tannic, but exceptionally well-endowed, this is a sublime example of Merlot at its very finest. Forget it for 5-7 years (which is somewhat unusual for Le Pin) and drink it over the following three decades.
(100 Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Feb 2013)

The 2010 Le Pin is 100% Merlot, aged in 100% new oak, but the Thienponts never want to hear that this is one of those “cult wines.” It has been widely imitated by others thanks to its enormous success, and as I have written many times, it is a relatively exotic take on Bordeaux. The 2010 is the darkest colored Le Pin I have ever seen – black purple, no doubt due to tiny yields and the very small berries that were the result of the drought of 2010. Uber-concentrated, with fabulous cassis and black cherry fruit, licorice, and notes of subtle smoke and toast, the wine is full-bodied, with sweet tannin and remarkable thickness/unctuosity. It should prove to be one of the longest-lived Le Pins made in its first 30+ years of existence.
(96-98 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- May 2011)

Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 18/20 100/100 98 96 - 99/100
Le Pin, Pomerol
This is a stunning display of purity, with lush raspberry and boysenberry fruit, that never gets heady despite its obvious weight. Alluring spice and graphite notes flicker, but for now this is still exuberantly youthful and primal. And very, very long. Tasted non-blind.
(James Molesworth – The Wine Spectator – Apr 2011)

Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 18/20 100/100 98 96 - 99/100
Le Pin, Pomerol
Product:Le Pin 7714
Maturity: Drink 2018-2048 (For laying down)
Vintage: 2010
Origin: France » Bordeaux » Pomerol Map of the region
Producer: Le Pin
Grape Variety: Merlot
Style: Full Bodied, Dry, 13.5% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 18/20 100/100 98 96 - 99/100
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