The 2017 Le Pin, which has 100% new oak as usual, was cropped at 32hl/ha with 13.9° alcohol. It has a perfumed bouquet with dark cherries, a touch of blue fruit, cold stone and a hint of incense. This is more opulent than the Vieux-Château-Certan, but with a bit more sensuality if not quite the same degree of complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, very smooth in texture with red fruit laced with sea salt and a suggestion of iodine. There is certainly good backbone to this Le Pin, although it is so silky towards the finish that it is barely tangible. A more backward Le Pin at the moment compared to the last three vintages but I am fascinated to see how this ages. Tasted twice and showing a little more structure in the second showing. Jacques Thienpont told me that around 500 cases will be produced. Drink 2023-2045.
|Score: 93/95||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Le Pin (100% Merlot) is a little reticent to begin, opening out to crushed black berries, warm black plums and wild blueberries with touches of forest floor, violets, star anise and cast iron pan with a waft of cigar box. Medium to full-bodied, it has a sensuous frame of very ripe, silken tannins and seamless freshness, flaunting a very elegant core of perfumed fruit and finishing with many, many mineral layers.
|Score: 94/96+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
A squared and properly focused 2017 with chocolate, dark berries and silky tannins that envelop the palate. A Burgundian sensibility to this with a very fine texture of acidity and tannins that back up the elegant and supple fruit. A clarity and beauty to the wine.
|Score: 96/97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
Totally sensual and vivid in the glass, the 2017 Le Pin is gorgeous today. Silky tannins and lifted aromatics add finesse to the sumptuous fruit as the 2017 gradually unfurls in the glass. The sweet red cherry, tobacco, mint and white pepper notes are beautifully delineated. Above all else, though, Le Pin impresses for its impeccable balance and total sense of harmony. Readers who don't want to splurge on Le Pin should seriously consider Jacques Thienpont's Saint-Émilion L'If, which, I believe, has all the potential to equal or surpass Le Pin in the future.
|Score: 93/96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2018|
Deep crimson. Super-fragrant, almost floral, with very fine fruit and some toasty oak. So moreish, sweet-fruited and very silky already. Gorgeously silky and long. Almost a touch of burgundy to the sweet red fruit on the finish.
|Score: 18.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018|
100% Merlot harvested at 32 hl/ha. 13.9% alcohol. The grapes were picked between September 12th and 21st. Very floral and aromatic in 2017, with notes of lavender, intensely sweet red and black fruits, bolstered with the refined spice of high quality oak. The palate has supreme poise and balance, with efortlessly silky tannins cloaking juicy, succulent and rounded fruit. The fleshy fruits are lifted by the bright acidity without losing any of the silky texture. This is refined, with great finesse and a long, enduring finish. Impressive.
|Score: 17.5||Farr Vintners, April 2018|
No frost at Le Pin gave a normal yield of 32hl/ha, and the early season meant the harvest came in from 18-21 September. Picking over three days is relatively unusual here, and is something they ascribe to the arrival of Guillaume Thienpont over at Vieux Chateau Certan, as he looks after the viticulture through the year at both estates, along with his father Alexandre. This wine features some extremely bright spice, with touches of exoticism, tasted from a blend taken from 12 different barrels (the final blend happens only at the moment of bottling). It deepens and takes on plush definition with time in the glass, with those layers of featherlight but pulsating Le Pin tannins, but it displays more subtle opulence than in some years. All new oak, with malo in both Taransaud and Seguin Moreau barrels. 3.7pH.
Drinking Window 2026 - 2040
|Score: 94||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018|
This is a very fresh and bright Le Pin because July and August were not too hot. This has given rise to an elegant Le Pin. Great depth on the nose, but not that intense on the palate, it is impossible to compare the weather conditions in 2017 to any other vintage and so there is a unique shape and size to this wine. Fascinating, melodic and musical, beautiful and honed, this is a very delicate and resonant Le Pin and I like it very much indeed.
|Score: 19+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|