Chateau Le Pin 1993

Review of the Estate

Chateau Le Pin, or simply Le Pin, is a Bordeaux wine from the appellation Pomerol. The unusually small estate is located on the Right Bank of France’s Gironde estuary in the commune of Pomerol near the hamlet of Catusseau, Chateau Le Pin is frequently one of the world's most expensive red wines.

Madame Laubie, whose family had owned Chateau Le Pin since 1924 sold the one hectare vineyard in 1979 to the Belgian Jacques Thienpont for 1 million francs. The vineyards were developed by Jacques Thienpont whose family own the neighbouring Vieux Chateau Certan, and the wine at Chateau Le Pin was produced in tiny quantities from a farmhouse basement. The property was already called Le Pin from a solitary pine tree that grows near the winery. Today the estate comprises 2,7 hectares in one contiguous vineyard surrounding the winery. In 2011 a new winery, designed by the Belgian architectural practice Robbrecht en Daem architecten, was inaugurated using small microcuves and gravity to move Chateau Le Pin wine.

Chateau Le Pin is considered by some a predecessor of the "garage wines", although this idea is rejected by many, including by the proprietors, on the basis of the merits of the terroir, and the absence of extreme measures to compensate for mediocre grapes.

Chateau Le Pin occasionally the most expensive wine in the world, continually receiving high wine ratings from wine critics and produced in extremely small numbers, Chateau Le Pin bottles are a constant presence on the wine auction market.

The winery is currently managed by Jacques Thienpont, and additional tiny plots of land have been acquired. Chateau Le Pin is among the clients of the oenologist Dany Rolland, wife of Michel Rolland.

 

Vineyard

Surface area: 5 acres

Grape Varieties: 92% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc 

Average age of vines: 28 years

Density of plantation: 6,000 vines per hectare

Average yields: 34 hectoliters per hectare

Average cases produced: 600 per year

Plateau of maturity: 8 - 25 years 

 

 

Chateau Le Pin

 

 

Chateau Le Pin Bottles

 

 

Chateau Le Pin

Chateau Le Pin Label

Robert Parker Le Pin 1993 Review

Score: 90 Points

This micro-estate is easy to criticize given the absurd prices ($8,000-$12,000 per case!) the 500 or so cases fetch in the auction markets. Le Pin is one of the most exotic, concentrated, flashy wines of Bordeaux, but when it is selling at six times the price of wines such as Clinet, La Conseillante, L’Evangile, and La Fleur de Gay, readers are justified in thinking that some wine buyers have lost their sense of reality. The 1993 reveals the evolved dark plum/garnet color of Le Pin, as well as an exotic, kinky, oaky, herb, coffee, jammy, black-cherry-scented nose. The exaggerated aromatics are followed by a not-surprisingly decadent, delicious, low acid, medium-bodied wine crammed with fruit. Those of us who can remember as children gorging ourselves on lavishly rich banana splits, hot fudge sundaes, etc., will no doubt appreciate that in wine terms, this is what Le Pin offers. Anticipated maturity: now-2010.

Score:  90

 

Chateau Le Pin 1993 Recent Price History

Prices below are sourced from wine-searcher.com

WineVintageJuly 2008 
Value Per Case
July 2013 
Value Per Case
Value Increase Percentage 
Increase
Le Pin 1993 £7,128 £14,412 £7,284 102.19%

Chateau Le Pin Wine List

Le Pin 1990 Le Pin 1991 Le Pin 1992
Le Pin 1993 Le Pin 1994 Le Pin 1995
Le Pin 1996 Le Pin 1997 Le Pin 1998
Le Pin 1999 Le Pin 2000 Le Pin 2001
Le Pin 2002 N/A Le Pin 2004
Le Pin 2005 Le Pin 2006 Le Pin 2007
Le Pin 2008 Le Pin 2009 Le Pin 2010
Le Pin 2011    

 

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