Château Le Pin 2018

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Appellation - Pomerol

Owner - Jacques Thienpont

100% Merlot, 0% Cabernet Franc

Annual production – 9,000 bottles

Tasting notes
The 2018 Le Pin is made of 100% Merlot, picked the last week of September with yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare. The wine has a pH of 3.7, an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 70 and 14.5% alcohol. Deep purple-black in color, it is a little reserved to begin, offering glimpses of tar, fertile loam and truffles with slowly emerging notes of baked black cherries, stewed plums, mulberries and underbrush plus hints of black pepper, hoisin and chargrill with a waft of garrigue. Full-bodied, the palate is loaded with taut, muscular fruit and heaps of earthy accents, with a firm frame of ripe, rounded tannins and just enough seamless freshness, finishing very long and wonderfully savory.
Score: 97/99 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019

 

The density and texture to this Le Pin is very surprising. It’s tannic and intense with an angular and stony-mineral undertone. Full-bodied yet energetic and edgy. Great structure. Reminds me of the great 1986.

Score: 98/99 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019

 

This is extremely good, expansive and luxurious with a stunning texture – vibrant and powerful, and a floral side that becomes clear as it opens in the glass, lifting the whole thing not through acidity but through aromatics.

The real difference with Le Pin and other 100% Merlot wines is the sumptuousness through the mid palate, it’s so wide and rich, you can’t just walk over it but lie down on it, feather pillow style.

They had a yield of 30hl/ha, mainly due to thicker than usual skins with some concentration at the finish, and added a selected rather than indigenous yeast to deal with the alcohol levels. 3.7Ph. 70IPT.

2019, by the way, is the 40th anniversary vintage here for the Thienponts.

Drinking Window 2026 - 2040

Score: 98 Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2019

 

(100 Merlot) | 100% new oak | 14.5% alc | 30 hl/ha | 3.7 pH | 70 IPT A very intense nose leads the way with supreme richness and decadence. The acidity on the finish is amazing, too, and these two elements bookend a profoundly delicious, densely exotic wine dotted with spice and wild flower notes. It is the layering of eight different plots of Merlot on the 2.5ha property which makes this such a fascinating and rewarding wine. There is already some superb depth on display and the palate is expansive without any unwanted muscle or brawn. I made no notes at all about the oak and this is because it is at one with the wine. Jacques Thienpont thinks it is like a blend of 2015 and 2016 in one wine. I think that this is a nice image and yet there is a suppleness in this vintage which brings and extra level of charm to this wine and this sums up the 2018 vintage.

Score: 19+ Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019

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