2014 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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Le Pin has a really quite lovely bouquet. Tasted alongside its cousin Vieux-Chteau-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.
A ravishing red that pours out aromas of crushed raspberries, blueberries and dried flowers. Black truffle skins and undertones of violets. Full-bodied yet so tight and refined with incredible finesse and polish. The beauty and chic runs on for minutes on the finish. A truly endless and breathtakingly harmonious wine. It just rolls off the palate. Drink in 2022.
This features a remarkable display of fruit, both fresh and steeped—primarily raspberry, but with notes of blackberry and boysenberry as well—all gliding through seamlessly while light anise, Lapsang souchong tea and roasted mesquite details underscore the finish. The texture is equally sublime. Best from 2020 through 2040. 348 cases made.
The 2014 Le Pin has a powerful and quite showy bouquet with ample red berry fruit, black truffle, singed leather and a light marine influence that comes through with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, fresh and lively with fleshy red cherry, crushed strawberry and white pepper notes on the satisfying finish. It is a fine Pomerol even if it does not quite match up to recent vintages from Jacques Thienpont. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2020 - 2040