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I am lost for words to describe this young wine, but it’s like walking into the best flower shop in Paris. Flowers galore with dark fruits as well. Full-bodied, very tannic and exotic. Amazing muscle and finesse at the same time. Phenomenal wine. This is half a normal harvest. Greatest ever, clearly. Wait until 2026.
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Le Pin hits the dance floor with a completely gregarious nose of plum preserves, blackberry tart and wild blueberries, boldly accented by suggestions of Chinese five spice, cigar boxes, menthol and violets plus an earthy waft of underbrush. Full-bodied, concentrated, muscular and earthy with a firm backbone of exquisitely ripe, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, it has an incredibly long finish featuring exotic spice and mineral layers. 2022 - 2047
I have not had a Le Pin like this since the 1980s. It is so large and velvety textured yet remains agile and electric. The aromas are complex and complete with orange peel, chocolate and plum. Full and dense with an endless finish. Infinitely polished. The sweetness of fruit is impressive yet the wine remains fresh and dry. A new benchmark for Le Pin? Only 20 barrels made.
This 2015 Le Pin came from a half-bottle supplied by the Thienponts after a vexing showing at the Southwold tasting, where it lacked typicité. This bottle is undoubtedly better and hopefully more representative. Cranberry and raspberry on the nose display much more purity than before, and this is certainly more Pomerol in style, though not terribly complex. The palate is well balanced with fine tannin, silky-smooth texture and a dash of spice toward the finish. Thoroughly enjoyable, but not up to the standard of, say, Petrus or Lafleur. After four or five showings, I do find some bottle variation with the 2015, and I aver that Jacques Thienpont has crafted better Le Pins. Tasted from a half-bottle sent directly from the château.
The 2015 Le Pin, which was bottled in May 2017, has a lot of flair on the nose with sumptuous red berry fruit, cranberry and raspberry laced with rose petal and light confit-like aromas that I remarked upon from barrel. (Incidentally, a second bottle was a little spicier on the nose.) The palate is medium-bodied with rounded tannin, fleshy and charming with a silky smooth texture. It is not as cerebral as the Vieux Château Certan and yet it offers greater opulence and volume, the last third with wonderful veins of white pepper and pain d’épice. There is a lot of Pomerol here to enjoy. Anticipated maturity: 2021 - 2045.
The 2015 Le Pin, which comes in at a modest 13.8% alcohol, has a very perfumed and precise bouquet with raspberry coulis, crème de cassis, rose petals and cold stone aromas. This is adorned with very pure fruit, perhaps more confit-like than other vintages that I have tasted out of barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with a grainy texture on the entry and an extremely fine line of acidity. This is a decidedly more structured Le Pin from Jacques Thienpont, maybe a more masculine wine with fine backbone and lovely salinity towards the finish. There is enormous persistence that lingers long in the mouth, developing a marine-like nuance as it aerates. I like the seriousness here that neatly offsets the exuberance and precocity of the vintage, a wonderful Le Pin that will age with style and verve. Jacques suggested that it might be like the 1986 Le Pin. If so, judging by a half-bottle he then opened, a lucky few are going to be in for a treat.
One of the most famous and hard-to-find wines of Bordeaux thanks to the tiny production and consistently fabulous quality. Jacques Thienpont established Le Pin in 1979 and his sumptuous Pomerol is always intense yet un-forced and fine. This was not yet available to taste in April 2015.