I am spellbound by the aromas of crushed blackberries, licorice, black tea and violets. It’s full-bodied yet so intense and linear. Powerful tannins with superb polish and focus give an amazing texture. Complex and fascinating flavors of hazelnuts and dark fruit. The balance and strength is uncanny. Perfect wine. Very direct and superb. Try after 2025.
|Score: 100||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019|
The 2016 Le Pin has a very elegant, refined bouquet of pure brambly red fruit, rose petal and crushed stone aromas that unfurl beautifully in the glass; the oak is very well integrated. The medium-bodied palate delivers supple tannins and a fine bead of acidity. Fresh and lithe, with a vibrant, structured finish. This was already one of Jacques Thienpont’s best vintages in recent years, but you know what? It might be getting even better. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2024 - 2050
|Score: 98||Neal Martin, vinous.com, August 2020|
The 2016 Le Pin was cropped at 28hl/ha and bottled at the end of June 2018. Fiona Morrison opined that the rain from January to June suited Le Pin’s gravelly soils, perhaps more than the previous vintage. This has an extremely pure, nuanced bouquet that unfolds swirl by swirl, revealing black cherries, crushed violet petals, hints of raspberry coulis and a touch of vanilla. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very well focused and almost symmetrical. The 14.5° alcohol is one of the highest levels for Le Pin, though it is completely disguised. There is firm structure and grip to the uncharacteristically masculine finish that suggests it will require several years in bottle. Drink 2024-2050
|Score: 97||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
The 2016 Le Pin was made from ten different lots from the usual six, because the drought affected the different parcels and vines needed separating (indicated by paint mark on the pole). It was cropped from 4 October, the first time that picking has begun that month, at 28-30 hectoliters per hectare and there is 14.5% alcohol. It has a fresh and generous bouquet with red cherries, cranberry and pomegranate scents, the oak beautifully integrated, touches of black truffle and even a hint of smoke tucked in just underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin, tightly wound and taut, with a stunning sense of focus. I cannot remember a Le Pin with such tension and detail at this early juncture, perhaps even quite understated towards the saline finish, but very very precise. This is a sophisticated Le Pin from Jacques Thienpont, one that I am certain will age with style. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drink date 2022 - 2050
|Score: 96/98||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
The medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Le Pin is still very closed, revealing glimpses of preserved plums, blackberry pie and raspberry compote plus suggestions of potpourri, star anise, tobacco, fenugreek and stewed tea plus a waft of hoisin. The medium-bodied palate is opulent, rich and plush with layers of black and red fruit preserves and loads of exotic spice accents, finishing very long and very decadent. Drink 2022-2070.
|Score: 98+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim En), November 2018|
There is something decadent and wild about this Le Pin. Medium to full body, yet somehow wild and crazy— exotic. What a finish! This is real Le Pin. The dry weather reduced the production. 18 hectoliters. Reminds me of the unique 1986. Yeah...!
|Score: 99/100||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
The 2016 Le Pin is an extraordinarily beautiful vivid wine. Seamless, racy and voluptuous in the glass, the 2016 is a flat-out stunner. Nothing in particular stands out because all of the elements are in perfect balance. A wine of captivating, transcendental beauty, Le Pin has it all. Rose petal, red cherry, mint, blood orange and wild flowers all build in the glass, but it is the wine's breathtaking finesse and elegance that stand out most. What a gorgeous, arrestingly beautiful wine this is. Drink 2026-2051.
|Score: 99||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019|
The 2016 Le Pin is a total stunner. Dark, rich, and textured, it possesses breathtaking intensity and is sure to thrill those fortunate enough to find it. Pomegranate, blood orange, wildflowers, rose petals and sweet baking spices infuse the huge, voluptuous finish.
|Score: 97/100||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Glowing crimson. Smudgy sweet ink on the nose. Very pure nose. Lifted and lively and real energy. Round and quite delicate and burgundian. Real drive and elegance and polish. This is a real winner!
|Score: 19||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
One of the most famous and hard-to-find wines of Bordeaux thanks to the tiny production and consistently fabulous quality. Jacques Thienpont established Le Pin in 1979 and his sumptuous Pomerol is always intense yet un-forced and fine. 100% Merlot with a yield of just 28hl/ha in 2016. The harvest started on 4th October and lasted just 4 days. This is the first time that the harvest has started after then end of September. Classic le Pin on the nose, all truffles, incence, all spice and sweet, ripe cherries. The palate shows sweet tobacco, plump plums and cherries, and supremely refined tannins. Poised and harmonious despite the plushness of fruit, the precision and delineation of fruit and savoury spices on the mid-palate is second to none. The intensity on the finish reveals the deceptive power behind this wine. Superb.
|Score: 18.5||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
From Jacques Thienpont and a true superstar in the vintage, the 2016 Le Pin comes from a tiny vineyard of old vine Merlot and is raised all in new barrels. One of those magical wines that marries power with elegance perfectly, its saturated purple color is followed by a thrilling array of sweet kirsch, crème de cassis, graphite, toasty oak, and Asian spices. Hitting the palate with full-bodied richness and depth as well as an incredible mid-palate, it stays ethereal and elegant, with flawless tannins, awesome purity, and a blockbuster of a finish. The sexiest, kinkiest, most opulent wine in the vintage? I’d say yes. Do your best to hide bottles for 4-6 years, count yourself very lucky, and drink bottles over the following 3+ decades. Drink 2023-2053.
|Score: 99||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019|
Ripe black plums depth of fruit succulent the palate has a rich mix of flavours supple and fleshy with the rich fruit underpinned by freshness a lovely balance. Layers of flavour give complexity the tannins discreet lighter and fresher at the back the finish is creamy and rich. 2027-47
|Score: 96/98||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
“Don’t touch this for 15 years,” Jacques Thienpoint warned tasters during en primeur. It’s certainly a bold, textured, concentrated Pomerol with plum, fig, blackberry and ginger spice notes, firm tannins and scented oak. Set for a long life. 2026-38
|Score: 97||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
I tasted through a blend of five barrels, but they may not be the final ones. There is signficant gravel in the Le Pin soils, so they suffered a little from the heat, but the Merlot still has incredible finesse and elegance. The astonishing thing is the grilled, smoked damson and ripe wild blackberry and hawthorn perfume that rises out of the glass effortlessly. This wine is deft, elegant, and rich. A naturally low yield of 28hl/ha due to the drought, with a pH of 3.72.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2050
|Score: 98||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|