Jacques Thienpont purchased the meagre 1.6 hectares of land for 1 million francs in 1979. The Thienpont family named their wine Le Pin after a single pine tree that shaded the property. In his eventual acquisition of tiny adjoining plots of land, Thienpont has managed to double the size of Le Pin to five acres. The south-facing vineyard on a well-drained slope of gravel and sand is planted with Merlot (92%) and a small about of Cabernet Franc (~8%).
Le Pin’s soil, a mixture of gravel, clay and sand, is exceptionally low-yielding (between 30-35 hl/hc). The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel before being matured in 200% new oak barriques for between 14 and 18 months.
Le Pins scarcity is the driving force behind its high prices. Only 600-700 cases are produced annually, compared to the 29,000 of Lafite Rothschild (internal link to Lafite page) and the 4,000 of Pétrus (internal link to Petrus page). Le Pin produces super-concentrated, decadent, lush and lavishly-oaked wines that can be drunk young, but are considered optimal with 7-10 years of bottle ageing.
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