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Château Le Pin

The winery is located in the municipality Pomerol in the area of the same name (Bordeaux). The name is derived from a very old pine tree near the winery. Only the name "Le Pin" without the château is mentioned on the bottle label, only in the footer text "Mis en bouteille au château" (bottling of the castle) one does not do without it. The simple buildings would not deserve the name “castle” either. From 1924 to 1979 it was owned by the Laubie family, then it was acquired by the Belgian Thienpont family, who also owned the neighboring one Vieux Château Certan counts. From the 1981 vintage onwards, the highest quality (and price) of the Château Petrus to reach. The winery belongs to the large customer base of the well-known oenologist Michel Rolland (* 1947).

The vineyards cover only 2.3 hectares of vineyards with clay-strewn gravel on iron-containing limestone (Crasse de Fer) with Merlot (92%) and Cabernet Franc (8%). There is a strict yield limit of up to 35 hectoliters per hectare. The dark colored, alcoholic and fruity red wine is not in the Bordeaux style, but similarly produced in the style of top Australian or California wines. It ferments in stainless steel and then matures in 100% new barriques for 18 to 24 months. The extremely long-lived red wine is at least 15 to 40 years in storage. The "Le Pin" was one of the first wines, the so-called Garage wines (Micro-Château). Every year only around 6,000 to 8,000 bottles of wine are produced. He is one of the most expensive wines in the world; a recently filled Le Pin is not (if at all) available for less than 1,500 euros per bottle. Outstanding vintages include 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997.

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