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This will be the first vintage to be released of this new property owned by Jacques Thienpont of Le Pin. It consists of 7 hectares of which 5 are next to Troplong Mondot. The encepagement is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc and the name comes from the French word for a Yew tree. Jacques is expanding his forest! The colour is a bright red and on the palate there is powerful but very fresh red fruit. Wonderful purity here as you would expect from the producer of Le Pin. This is a name to follow.
After using 100% new oak in 2010 - a "mistake", according to Jacques Thienpont - the 2011 from his new St Emilion property is much less marked by barrels, with only 30%. It's youthful and quite tannic from barrel, with more alcohol and rusticity than Le Pin, but has good freshness and persistence. One to watch. 8+ years.