Château le Pin is one of the world's rarest wines. Total production amounts to less than 5,000 bottles per year.
Le Pin has belonged to the Thienpont family since 1979. Starting in the late 1980s, Jacques Thienpont has crafted this wine to make it both voluptuous and intense, but without losing any of the Pomerol appellation's intrinsic characteristics.
The tiny two-hectare vineyard (100% Merlot) has clay-gravel and sand-gravel soil.
Fermentation takes place in small stainless steel vats, after which the wine is aged in new barrels for 18 months.
Le Pin has produced some spectacular wines of outstanding richness. They are especially appreciated by wine lovers who enjoy rich, concentrated, so-called "modern" Bordeaux.
Le Pin was the precursor of "garage wines" before anyone even know what the term meant! Starting in the late 80s, Le Pin positioned itself as a rival to Petrus, using state-of-the-art methods to produce wine that is rich, powerful and well-structured. Château le Pin produced simply outstanding wines in 1998, 2000, 2005 and 2006.
Le Pin did not release any wine under their label in 2003, feeling that quality was not up to scratch.
The flamboyant 1995, 1990, 1985, and 1982 vintages have become cult wines that are nearly impossible to find.
Much sought after by collectors, Le Pin is one of the most expensive wines in all Bordeaux, and is practically out of reach for most wine lovers.