Exotic, as it often can be, with super-ripe mulberry and black cherry fruit to the point of near-kirsch liqueur, with notes of licorice, truffle, and forest floor, this is a full-bodied, concentrated wine with a slight tannic bite to the finish. There is good freshness, depth, and power, and despite the flamboyant aromatics, this wine needs a good 3-5 years of cellaring and should keep for 15 or more years.
|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (181), February 2009|
This micro-cuvee of 500-600 cases of 100% Merlot offers exotic pain grille notes interwoven with lavish quantities of black, blue, and red fruits, an unctuous texture, and beautiful purity as well as length. Full-bodied with velvety tannins as well as extravagant fruit, it should drink well for 20-25 years. Sadly, most consumers can neither afford nor find this stunning Pomerol.
|Score: 93/96||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007|
The 2006 Le Pin seems to have evolved quite far on the nose, though it remains very sensual with scents of kirsch, rose petals, liquorice and mint. There is a warmth to these aromatics that leave you feeling a bit giddy. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe red cherry and crushed strawberry fruit, underlying sage and cedar scents surfacing towards the finish. I am not totally convinced this is a long-term Le Pin, but it has wonderful precision and such charm that you almost don't care about the price tag. It's a lovely, almost sexy Pomerol, although I feel that it does not quite match the potential it demonstrated in barrel.
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2016|
Sampled at Le Pin.Whisper it…but Jacques Thienpont has crafted a better Le Pin in 2006 than in 2005. The nose starts quietly but builds into a crescendo on minerals, Morello, blackberry leaf and a touch of orange peel. The palate has a tension that is missing in the 2005, brilliant definition and focus with real minerality at its heart. Very well structured, ethereal focus and precision with a touch of peppermint on the finish. So good, it hurts. It has the precision of a fine Leroy. Tasted April 2007.
|Score: 97/99||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2007|
This has a lovely sweetness of fruit on the palate. Full, silky and flavorful, with chocolate, berry and vanilla character. Medium long on the finish. A beauty.
|Score: 92/94||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2007|
Quantity down on 2005 - just 21 barriques. Picked on two separate days, before and after the rain.
Very very rich on the nose - one of ripest noses surely. Round and velvety all the way through to about three quarters of the tasting experience and then it tightens up considerably. Notably fine tannins and for a 2006 extremely opulent. Fresh and racy. Cooler finish than the nose suggests. Very pure and long.
|Score: 18+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2007|
Set in the heart of Pomerol it is the very essence of the area. The ripe plum is rich and lush but there is a lighter feel, a flowing fragrance, the mix of red and black fruits ensures complexity and the mid freshness gives length.This micro-cuvee of 500-600 cases of 100% Merlot offers exotic pain grille notes interwoven with lavish quantities of black, blue, and red fruits, an unctuous texture, and beautiful purity as well as length. Full-bodied with velvety tannins as well as extravagant fruit, it should drink well for 20-25 years. Sadly, most consumers can neither afford nor find this stunning Pomerol.
|Score: 92/95||Derek Smedley MW, April 2007|