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Le Pin

Le Pin

We learnt a few interesting facts about Le Pin from the young Monsieur Thienpont.

Le Pin is Le Pin, never Chateau Le Pin because it is truly a very small house in the middle of the vineyard, never an extravagant Chateau.  So the label is always Le Pin.

It is a relatively young vineyard and the first vintage is 1970.  You will never find a legendary 1961 Le Pin.

Then the missing vintage – 2003!  The year that the heat wave hit Europe, temperature was over 40C.  They did not produce the vintage, as it would not live up to the heart and soul of the cult wine.

Not that I could afford a bottle, but in case you find a 2003, then you’ll know!

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Le Pin_ pine tree

Le Pin stands for the Pine Tree at the Vineyard

Standing on the rooftop of the newly built Le Pin, the young Monsieur Thienpont pointed to the two pine trees in front of the house, still standing tall as the symbol of the vineyard after the renovation.

We walked around the rooftop, probably less than 200 sq ft, and counted the rows of vines that are part of Le Pin.  It is indeed a small vineyard even in St Emilion, only 2 hectares producing 5,000 bottles a year.  There are 7 plots of fields that will go through the fermentation process in 7 separate stainless steel vats after harvest.

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ImageAfter the third visit to Bordeaux in four years, one could easily tell the money is pouring in from many wine connoisseurs, and the Chateaus are competing to build the most extravagant estate with this newfound wealth.

Of all the vineyards we visited during this trip, I was most surprised with the visit at Cos.  (more…)

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