Le Pin is a tiny estate with an enormous reputation. This Right Bank estate was bought in 1979 by the Thienpont family, who also own Vieux Chateau Certan, for 1 million francs from Madame Laubie whose family had owned the estate since 1924. It is named after two pine trees on the estate that distinguishes the property which lies on a raised plateau in Pomerol. Although there is no true chateau on the estate, a new winery was open in 2011 which replaced an old farmhouse basement.

After purchasing the estate, Jacques Thienpont realised his dream of producing a wine that could compete with the best in Pomerol. He expanded the estate slightly from 2.7 hectares to 5 hectares and has slowly been replacing the small plantings of Cabernet Franc – which is not used in the Le Pin wine – with more Merlot. The 1982 vintage became legendary and since then Le Pin have produced critically acclaimed wines that have held the title of the most expensive wine in the world.

The vineyards are south facing and have well drained gravel and sand soils. This results in very low yields which combined with the small size of the estate results in the production of just 600 to 700 cases per year. This rarity is one of the driving forces behind the astronomical prices of Le Pin. Based on 100% Merlot, the palate of rich, lavish, ripe black fruit with integrated oak gives this wine its great distinction. The grapes are harvested by hand before, ferment in stainless steel and then age for 14 to 18 months in first one new oak barrel, and then a second. The wines can be drunk when young but are truly at their best with around 10 years of bottle ageing.

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