Le Pin 2016


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Tasting Notes

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: 96/98Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

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: 99/100James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

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: 97/100Antonio 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!
Drink 2025-2043

Score: 19Jancis 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: 18.5Farr Vintners, April 2017

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: 96/98Derek 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: 97Tim 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: 98Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

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