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Château Le Pin

The winery is located in the municipality Pomerol in the same area (Bordeaux). The name derives from a very old pine tree standing near the winery. On the bottle label, only the name "Le Pin" without Château is mentioned, only in the footer text "Mis en bouteille au château" (lock filling) is not waived. The simple buildings would not deserve the name "castle" either. In the period 1924-1979 it was owned by the Laubie family, then it was acquired by the Belgian family Thienpont, to whose possession also the neighboring Vieux Château Certan counts. As early as the 1981 vintage, the aim was to consciously aim for the highest quality (and price) of the Château Pétrus to reach. The winery is one of the large clientele of the well-known oenologist Michel Rolland (* 1947).

The vineyards cover only 2.3 hectares of vineyards with clayey pebbled soil on ferrous limestone (Crasse de Fer) with Merlot (92%) and Cabernet Franc (8%). There is a rigorous yield limit of no more than 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 Australian or California top wines. It ferments in stainless steel and then matures for 18 to 24 months in 100% new oak barrels. The extremely long-lived red wine is an at least 15- to 40-year shelf life apostrophized. The "Le Pin" was one of the first wines, called as Garage wines (Micro-Château) were designated. 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 bottled Le Pin is not (if any) under 1,500 € per bottle to get. Outstanding vintages include 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997.

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