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  • 93 Points - The Wine Advocate

    "The 2014 Le Pin has a really quite lovely bouquet. Tasted alongside its "cousin" Vieux-Château-Certan, it is more exotic and outgoing, yet it maintains fine delineation and complexity with upfront blueberry and black cherry fruit, quite a noticeable menthol note emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet and embracing entry, caressing in texture thanks to the succulent tannin, though these are counterpoised by the silver bead of acidity. There is just a touch of salted licorice that pops up on the finish. To quote Alexandre Thienpont (since Jacques and Fiona had to be in Belgium), this is a "classic" Le Pin, though I feel it will be overshadowed by the 2015." Robert Parker

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    • Le Pin

      Le Pin

      Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer

      Le Pin is one of the most expensive wines in the world. The original ‘garage’ wine, Jacques Thienpont bought the minute 1.6 hectare vineyard for one million francs in 1979. Since then he has gone on to buy tiny pieces of adjoining land, doubling the size of Le Pin which still only brings the total production to 600 - 700 cases a year. Together Jacques Thienpont and famous consultant Michel Rolland went on to create a cult wine, with seriously high prices further driven by limited production.

      The south facing vineyard is on a well drained gravelly slope and was named after a solitary pine tree on the property.

      “My winemaking is simple; I try to do as little as possible to the grapes in their transition from vineyard to bottle. My motto is: Simple mais Distingué or Simple but Distinguished. Le Pin has great class, one shouldn’t meddle with that.”Jacques Thienpont, Owner and Winemaker

      “The obvious question is, is it worth the price? If you can afford it, YES. I can’t afford a 599 Ferrari, but I think it is worth the price. You get the idea. I always remain hopeful that I'll win the lottery, or that a long-lost cousin from Norfolk, England, will leave me the lost family fortune. More dreams …” James Suckling, The Wine Spectator

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