Château Le Pin 2015
• Domaine: Château Le Pin
• Appellation (AOC): Pomerol
• Classification: Pomerol, Bordeaux
• Origin: Left Bank, Bordeaux, France
• Importer: Laguna Cellar
This is an iconic Pomerol produced by the Thienpont family. The price tag is not for the faint of heart. The wine, on the other hand, is unparalleled.
The story of Le Pin is a modern day fairy tale. In 1979, Jacques Thienpont paid 1 million francs (approximately US$250,000 at the time) to purchase a 1.6-hectare vineyard from the Laubie family. Along the way, an extra hectare of vines was added to bring it to the current 2.7 hectares. Prior to Jacques’ purchase, the vineyard was unknown with the grapes being sold or blended to make other Pomerol wines. The fortune changed for the Thienpont family in 1982, when Robert Parker highlighted the wine as one of his top discoveries. The consistently incredible quality of the wine, coupled with high ratings from the wine critics, driven by increasing demand for a limited supply, contributed to make this wine one of the priciest per bottle on the market, year in, year out.
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Le Pin hits the dance floor with a completely gregarious nose of plum preserves, blackberry tart and wild blueberries, boldly accented by suggestions of Chinese five spice, cigar boxes, menthol and violets plus an earthy waft of underbrush. Full-bodied, concentrated, muscular and earthy with a firm backbone of exquisitely ripe, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, it has an incredibly long finish featuring exotic spice and mineral layers." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, (2/21/2018, Interim Issue), Rating: 99, Drink: 2022-2047
"The 2015 Le Pin, which comes in at a modest 13.8% alcohol, has a very perfumed and precise bouquet with raspberry coulis, crème de cassis, rose petals and cold stone aromas. This is adorned with very pure fruit, perhaps more confit-like than other vintages that I have tasted out of barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with a grainy texture on the entry and an extremely fine line of acidity. This is a decidedly more structured Le Pin from Jacques Thienpont, maybe a more masculine wine with fine backbone and lovely salinity towards the finish. There is enormous persistence that lingers long in the mouth, developing a marine-like nuance as it aerates. I like the seriousness here that neatly offsets the exuberance and precocity of the vintage, a wonderful Le Pin that will age with style and verve. Jacques suggested that it might be like the 1986 Le Pin. If so, judging by a half-bottle he then opened, a lucky few are going to be in for a treat." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, (6/29/2016, Issue 225), Rating: 96-98, Drink: 2021-2040
Effective October 18, 2019, the US Trade Representative's Office imposed a new 25% value-added tax (i.e., import tariffs) on a wide range of European products (including French wine, Italian cheese and single malt Scotch whisky) to penalize EU subsidies for Airbus. EU has made counter-claims agains the US subsidies for Boeing. A ruling by WTO on EU's counter-claims is expected in the spring of 2020.
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