The Le Pin 2005 has a very sweet, candied bouquet that actually reminds me slightly of a Super-Tuscan, not in a bad way either. It is a complex set of aromas that bring to mind a burlesque: red cherries, soy, undergrowth, a sprig of heather and lavender. As usual it is one of the most opulent, lascivious Pomerols on the nose and returning to my glass over ten minutes it unfurls with careless abandon. The palate is medium-bodied with fine silky tannins. But it does not quite deliver the same sophistication on the second half that is quite linear, touches of coffee and marmalade with a hint of aniseed on the finish. This is a delicious, quite mercurial Le Pin that you could broach now, though I would prefer to leave it another three or four years.
“…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 esteemed Château Le Pin is located in the Pomerol district of Bordeaux, and is well known because it’s not only regarded as one of the most expensive wines in the region, but one of the most expensive wines in the world. Although technically its inaugural vintage was in 1979, what we know of as Le Pin had been vigneron business in the possession of the Loubie family since the early 1920s. With investments from the Thienpont family, Le Pin launched its wines and quickly rose to prominence for its full-bodied and sumptuous Merlot-based blends that can be drunk young but also have tremendous aging-potential. Le Pin is located on a south-facing vineyard on well-drained sandy soils which allow for only extremely low yields of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Production is obviously limited because of this, totaling to around 600 – 700 cases per vintage compared to the nearly 20,000 cases for Petrus and even more for any of the First Growth Chateaus from the Medoc. Limited cases combined with high quality result in Le Pin as a viable runner for the most expensive wine in the world.
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