Le Pin 2007 (1 single 750mL), Pomerol, Bordeaux, France.

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Château Le Pin, or simply Le Pin, is frequently the most expensive red wine in the world.

Jacques Thienpont purchased the meagre 1.6 hectares of land for one million francs in 1979. The Thienpoints named their wine Le Pin after a solitary pine tree that shaded the property. By acquiring tiny adjoining plots of land, Jacques has doubled the size of Le Pin to five acres.

The south-facing vineyard on a well-drained slope of gravel and sand is planted with Merlot (about 92%), and a small amount of Cabernet Franc.

Le Pin's soil is a mixture of gravel and clay with a little sand and is exceptionally low yielding (between 30 to 35 hl/hc). The grapes are hand-harvested and are fermented in stainless steel before being matured in`200%` new oak barriques for between 14 and 18 months. Dany Rolland, wife of cult-oenologist Michel Rolland, is a consultant here.

The wine was shipped directly from the Chateau to Australia and has been kept under temperature-controlled conditions in our Sydney wine vault.

FRA - Bordeaux

Winery Tasting Notes


The nose is as exotic and fragrant as ever, bursting with rich plums, raspberries, herbs and cherry blossom.


Incredibly fine tannins permeate the intense creamy palate supported by notes of chocolate, tobacco and flowers.

FRA - Bordeaux
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Winery Profile

The original microchâteau consisted of just one hectare of vines within sight of Petrus, the traditional holder of the crown in Pomerol. This gentle, south-facing slope of gravel and sand, with about 10 per cent clay, was bought for a million French francs in 1979 by three members of the Thienpont family, Belgian négociants who also own nearby Vieux-Château-Certan in Pomerol and properties in the Côte de francs. The vineyard had previously been farmed by a grower in Lalande-de-Pomerol en métayage, and its produce had for years been vinified there and sold as Le Pin, but not as a château bottled wine. When the Thienponts bought it, a third of the vines were only a year old. The first commercial vintage was 1981, and until the mid to late 1980s the wine was quite a hard sell. Jacques Thienpont, who commuted between Belgium and Bordeaux, managed to buy out his two co-investors in 1988 and, by adding a further hectare in three contiguous plots, now owns and manages the grand total of about 5 acres. The vines are mainly Merlot, supplemented by about 4 per cent Cabernet Franc. The wine was always distinctive, deep, and luscious with an almost Burgundian richness, absolutely in tune with the fashion for early-maturing, sensual wines, typical of Michel rolland, in fact. Le Pin was the first red bordeaux to have its malolactic fermentation completed in 100 per cent new oak barrels (no great investment when the total production of the property averages 600 cases). Demand for this rarity escalated towards the end of the 1980s and the price of the fashionable 1982 vintage reached a peak of £2,500 a bottle in 1997, just before the Asian boom began to falter. It is Le Pin's success which can truly be said to have inspired the rash of new, small, luxury right bank estates.


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