One of the most famous and hard-to-find wines of Bordeaux thanks to the tiny production (of 100% Merlot from 2.5 hectares of vines) and consistently fabulous quality. Jacques Thienpont established Le Pin in 1979 and his sumptuous, silky Pomerol is always intense yet un-forced, smooth and fine.
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Speaking to co-proprietor Fiona Morrison, she told me that they preferred not to send samples of Le Pin this year, which I quite understand, and promised that I could taste it later in the year along with a complete vertical back to 1979. The second bit is a lie, but I will taste their 2019, hopefully in September.
Deep ruby in colour with a wonderful perfume to the nose - full of flowers and summer pudding. The toast is subtly sweet, adding to the succulent and enticing fragrance of the wine. The palate is creamy, plump and round, with seamless, silky tannins gently framing a plush core of ripe red fruits. Despite the kirsch and sweet red plums at the core there is freshness from bright acidity and subtle cigar smokiness. The finish is long and expansive. Impressive. Tasted in Bordeaux.