2008 le pin, pomerol
Why We're Buying
Château Le Pin, also known as Le Pin, is a small estate in Pomerol that produces red wines with enormous price tags. How enormous? The average bottle costs well over $3,000, with select vintages retailing in the five-figures. This remarkable merlot returned 39.7% on investment from 2017 to 2021.
This is all silky and perfumed, with stunningly pretty raspberry, plum and cherry fruit flavors that glide effortlessly over perfumed spice and floral notes. It's almost too easy, but then the latent grip checks in, with black tea, clove and ganache taking over. Beautiful. Drink now through 2020.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is an elegant, sexy, aromatic style of Le Pin, with a dark plum/purple-tinged color and a seductive nose of caramel, mocha, jammy black cherries and currants, as well as hints of wood and earth. Medium to full-bodied and round, with no hard edges, this lush style of wine should drink nicely for another 15 or more years.
This has the generosity of a Pomerol, displaying airbrushed tannins against juicy, rich blueberry and raspberry Merlot notes, all enveloped in smoky grilled oak. This has cracked the persistency that most 2008s don't have, and there's a lovely flexibility to the tannins - you can bounce against them like a pro-wrestler on the ropes. Notes of fragrant blackberries and dark fruits, almond and black pepper - just really beautiful.
The 2008 Le Pin has a sumptuous bouquet with red cherries, crushed strawberry, truffle, orange rind and light floral scents. It comes across as being fully mature although the palate indicates that it will gift a long drinking window. It offers plenty of raspberry and blackberry fruit, the tannins perhaps a little edgier than other vintages, a touch of graininess towards the fresh, mineral-driven finish. It is not the most voluptuous Le Pin, more reflective of the growing season than the terroir. (Tasted at BI Wine & Spirit’s annual 10-Year On tasting.)