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Chateau Le Pin Beausoleil History, Overview
Chateau Le Pin Beausoleil has a long history in Bordeaux. The property dates back to the late 1600’s, when the small, stone, castle was originally built. By the later part of the 19th century, the vineyards were close to 100 hectares, all cultivated with vines.
But as a modern winery, Chateau Le Pin Beausoleil is a young Bordeaux wine producing estate. The winery was born in 1997, when the vineyard was purchased by Michael and Ingrid Hallek.
The Hallek family changed the name of the chateau from Le Pin, (which was already famous in Pomerol) to Le Pin Beausoleil. Before fulfilling his dream of being a Bordeaux wine producer, Michael Hallek practiced medicine as a doctor of oncology in Germany.
After purchasing Chateau Le Pin Beausoleil, one of the first moves the new owner did after taking control of the estate was to hire the popular wine consultant, Stephane Derenoncourt to help with the vineyard management and wine making. Their next decision was to completely renovate the entire estate of Chateau Le Pin Beausoleil from top to bottom.
Chateau Le Pin Beausoleil Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 5.8 hectare Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Le Pin Beausoleil is planted to 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Malbec. This is a unique makeup for a vineyard in the Entre Deux Mers appellation.
On average, the vines are old, at close to 35 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,600 vines per hectare. The terroir is clay and limestone with gravel and sand in the soil.
The wine of Chateau Le Pin Beausoleil is whole berry fermented in temperature controlled, concrete vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine is aged in an average of 50% new, French oak barrels. That is a lot of work to produce a Bordeau Superieur. But the results are clearly worth it.
The production of Chateau Le Pin Beausoleil is close to 2,000 cases of Bordeaux wine per vintage. There is a second wine, Le Petit Soleil. Chateau Le Pin Beausoleil is sold as a Bordeaux Superieur wine.
When to Drink Chateau Le Pin Beausoleil, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Le Pin Beausoleil is better with at least 2-4 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour if desired.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Le Pin Beausoleil offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 2-12 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Le Pin Beausoleil with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Le Pin Beausoleil is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Le Pin Beausoleil is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Le Pin Beausoleil is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Le Pin Beausoleil Wine Tasting Notes
11 Vintages 17,413 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Le Pin Beausoleil (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
This outstanding, Bordeaux value wine is ripe, sweet, fresh, juicy, forward and on the black cherry and plum side with hints of licorice in finish. 90-92 Pts
1,198 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Le Pin Beausoleil (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Medium bodied, sweet, ripe and spicy, the tannins are soft, bringing you to a fruit-filled climax that is tantalizing. All this and it sells for less than $20!
1,110 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Le Pin Beausoleil (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Flowers, sweet, ripe, juicy, fruits, polished textured and more, ripe fruit in the finish. What more can you ask for from a wine that sells for under $20?
1,372 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Le Pin Beausoleil (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Really great value wine here; the shows density, lift, ripe fruits, round textures and length, and it should sell for just over $20!
1,358 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Le Pin Beausoleil (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Sweet, juicy, fresh fruits topped with black raspberries, espresso bean, chocolate and packaged into an open, charming character. 87-88 Pts
1,446 Views Tasted May 1, 2015
|2013||Le Pin Beausoleil (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
With a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, from start to finish, there is a nice sensation of fresh, spicy cherries and polished textures with dark chocolate. Drink this easy to like wine on the young side. 86-88 Pts
1,380 Views Tasted May 1, 2014
|2012||Le Pin Beausoleil (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
With 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc in the blend, the wine is spicy and medium-bodied and ends with red berries and herbs. 85-87 Pts
1,206 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Le Pin Beausoleil (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Made from 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in clay and limestone terroir opens to licorice, truffle and black cherry scents. This is a ripe, round, soft, open wine that will drink great on release. 88-89 Pts
1,062 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2012
|2010||Le Pin Beausoleil (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Easy to drink, medium bodied, uncomplicated, fresh, round wine with ample ripe, sweet cherries and plum notes in the finish. Drink this on the young side.
1,716 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2014
|2009||Le Pin Beausoleil (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Licorice, jammy red berries, spice and round textures can be found in this wine, finishing with an opulent black cherry filled finish.
1,484 Views Tasted Jul 18, 2011
2009 Le Pin Beausoleil is a Le Pin we all can finally afford. Even though it’s the other Le Pin, this black cherry and dark berry scented wine offers supple textures and a soft, black cherry filled finish. 87-89 Pts
1,630 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2010
|2005||Le Pin Beausoleil (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
This charming value priced wine has paid dividends with its smoky, licorice and black cherry personality. Round textures and ripe fresh fruit make this a fun wine to pop, pour and taste.
2,451 Views Tasted Jan 19, 2013