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Le Pin 2009

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > Pomerol
Grape VarietyMerlot

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Tasting Notes

This is undeniably the greatest Le Pin I have tasted at such an infantile age. There are about 500 cases of this wine, which is made by the Thienpoint family, the owners of Vieux Chateau Certan. One hundred percent Merlot, it continues to possess the exoticism of previous vintages, but the oak at present is far better crafted and integrated than in the debut vintage of 1979. Exceptional purity and a blockbuster nose of mocha, black cherry liqueur, mulberries and plums are followed by an extravagantly rich wine that seems to have a nearly endless finish. Truly haute couture of Merlot, so to speak, this wine has a finish that goes well past a minute, with wonderfully sweet tannins and a provocative concentrated, broad mouthfeel that is remarkably luxurious. This is amazing stuff! It should drink well for 20-25 years.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2012

The 2009 Le Pin has a very gorgeous, mellow bouquet with plenty of red fruit infused with leather, mocha and light Cuban cigar aromas. This is not a million miles away from Petrus. The palate is medium-bodied with velvety tannin, slightly lower acidity than its peers yet remaining balanced. Gains depth and complexity towards the finish with touches of cedar and sage. I love the way this fans out and lingers in the mouth. Not a perfect wine, but an outstanding Le Pin. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. 2020 - 2050

Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2019

This shows intense fruit, with plums, boysenberry and cherries with cocoa, black olives and coffee bean. Amazing aromas. Full-bodied, with ultra-fine tannins and fabulous fruit. Such length and class to this. Wonderfully crafted. Best Le Pin since the perfect 1998. Try in 2020.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2012

Medium garnet colored, the 2009 Le Pin comes charging out of the glass with exuberant notions of baked red and black cherries, mulberries and warm plums with touches of star anise, cigar box and lavender plus wafts of menthol and fragrant soil. Full-bodied and boldly fruited, it has tons of vibrant red and black fruit layers with wonderful mineral and floral sparks throughout the long, plushly textured finish. Drink 2020-2055.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, March 2019

Picked 22 and 25 Sep just after the rain (deluge 19 and 20 Sep) so 'more water in the wine'. Nice fragrance. Deckchair vintage. Lively and fresh and not obviously rich Merlot. Rain revived the vines. Very suave and lush. Very refreshing, rather feminine. Plush and flattering and really quite delicate. Polished and not at all heavy. This could be a standout Le Pin, I think. Date tasted 30th March 2010. Drink 2015-2030.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010

Jacques Thienpont has been making miniscule quantities of this fabulous Pomerol since 1979. Such is the worldwide demand that it is one of the most expensive wines on planet earth. The 'Romanée Conti of Bordeaux', is elevaged in mainly Seguin Moreau new oak and made from 100% Merlot. However this is no blockbuster "vin de garage", Le Pin is intense yet delicate with exceptional purity. In 2009 Le Pin is on the move with the wine being made in a new cellar 100 metres from the old house in the vines. It's still a tiny room - with less than 30 barrels - but there is more room for Jacques to work his magic here. The grapes were harvested in perfect condition between September 22nd and 25th so as to provide the resultant wine with richness, freshness and the usual (almost Burgundian) aromatics. Concentrated, round but bright and brilliant. Seamless, creamy and supple with silk and velvet. Jacques and Fiona say that it reminds them of 1990 and 1998. Need we say more?

Farr Vintners, April 2010

Delivering pure, unadulterated essence of raspberry throughout, this also features silky-textured tannins that build and build as the wine courses along. Lilting black tea and toasty vanilla bean aromas weave in and out. Primal and complex. Fantastic mouthfeel and length. Best from 2015 through 2035. From France.-J.M.

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Insider (Vol 8, 3), January 2012

There are some lovely fragrances on the nose all quite red fruited. The fruit is concentrated, fleshly rich, black plum and cassis. Layers of flavour give complexity, freshness is there balancing the opulent mid power with towards the back a lighter feel giving it a sleek elegance. Drink 2020-2045.

Derek Smedley MW, April 2010

There will be an almighty scramble to buy the 7,000 bottles of the 2009 Le Pin, even at what is sure to be very high price. The wine is a brilliant example of skilfully tamed exuberance, with notes of Asian spices and cedar wood on the nose and elegant, almost Ribera del Duero-like flavours. This is poised and refreshing. Drinkable young, but with the concentration to age. 15+ years

Tim Atkin MW, April 2010

Very seductive and gourmand. Ripe, red fruit and spice. Burgundian in character. Rich and concentrated but with lift and freshness. Plenty of charm. As good, if not better than the excellent 2001. Drink 2018-2035.

James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2010

Very rich and lush, but also extremely refined, this has a lightness of touch that some top Pomerols of the vintage lack. That has a lot to do with the stunningly fine tannins that glide through the long super-fine finish. Better than ever. Drink or hold (Horizontal Tasting, London, 2019)

Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com, March 2019
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A great classic, the 2009 Le Pin (100% Merlot) displays unreal density and a profound flavor profile, but also reveals good structure and elegance. Even though it is aged in 100% new oak, no wood is detectable, which is a tip off to what we are dealing with in the most extraordinary 2009s. The oak and tannins are often totally unnoticeable because of the sheer magnitude and mass of fruit and glycerin. This 2009, made in the style of the 1982, should drink well for 25 or more years. (Tasted once.) Drink 2010-2035.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

Picked on 22nd and 25th September from younger vines and then older, a blend assembled by Jacques Thienpont direct from barrel, delivering 13.5% alcohol and a pH 3.7, the '09 Le Pin has a very pure lifted bouquet of blueberry, blackberry, a touch of black plum and a hint of truffle. The palate is full-bodied with quite sinewy tannins, just a little aggression at the moment, which will be softened during elevage. A compact Le Pin at the moment, quite linear and strict towards the finish then a hint of spice on the aftertaste. I feel that this is not showing its best at the moment, but it should meld together nicely by the time of bottling. Tasted April 2010.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010

This is classic Merlot from Pomerol on the nose, with black licorice, black olive and rich fruit. Yet it's subtle and pretty. Full-bodied, and chewy, with loads of power. Tannic and muscular. Chocolate, coffee and vanilla bean. I can't remember a Le Pin like this. You'd have to go back to 1986, or 1983.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010
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