2001 Château Le Pin Pomerol Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note


2001 Château Le Pin  (Pomerol) 98

There is an incredible depth of flavor here that just keeps on coming. Lively, fresh and ostentatious, the wine is the poster child for decadence. Polished velvet tannins and layers of incredibly ripe, sweet, lush fruits with a hint of citrus peel and dark chocolate is not something you can find in any other wine. 98 Points

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Intriguing notes of citrus, flowers, chocolate, plums, spice, truffle, fennel and black cherry. Lush, decadent and supple in texture, this rich, deep, full bodied, opulent wine offers a long, sexy, plum, black cherry and chocolate finish. Le Pin is not the most consistent Pomerol. But when it's on, it's a stunning wine that features unique aromatic and textural qualities that no other wine offers. 97 Points

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When to Drink Le Pin, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Le Pin is much better with at least 10-15 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Le Pin offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-35 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Le Pin with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Le Pin 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 is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Le Pin is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms, and pasta.

In April 2010, Jacques Thienpont added to his holdings with the purchase of 5 hectares in St. Emilion. The wine is being sold under the name LIF.