Chateau Le Pin

Review of the Estate

Chateau Le Pin, or simply Le Pin, is a Bordeaux wine from the appellation Pomerol. The unusually small estate is located on the Right Bank of France’s Gironde estuary in the commune of Pomerol near the hamlet of Catusseau, Chateau Le Pin is frequently one of the world's most expensive red wines.

Madame Laubie, whose family had owned Chateau Le Pin since 1924 sold the one hectare vineyard in 1979 to the Belgian Jacques Thienpont for 1 million francs. The vineyards were developed by Jacques Thienpont whose family own the neighbouring Vieux Chateau Certan, and the wine at Chateau Le Pin was produced in tiny quantities from a farmhouse basement. The property was already called Le Pin from a solitary pine tree that grows near the winery. Today the estate comprises 2,7 hectares in one contiguous vineyard surrounding the winery. In 2011 a new winery, designed by the Belgian architectural practice Robbrecht en Daem architecten, was inaugurated using small microcuves and gravity to move Chateau Le Pin wine.

Chateau Le Pin is considered by some a predecessor of the "garage wines", although this idea is rejected by many, including by the proprietors, on the basis of the merits of the terroir, and the absence of extreme measures to compensate for mediocre grapes.

Occasionally the most expensive wine in the world, continually receiving high wine ratings from wine critics and produced in extremely small numbers, Chateau Le Pin bottles are a constant presence on the wine auction market.

The winery is currently managed by Jacques Thienpont, and additional tiny plots of land have been acquired. Chateau Le Pin is among the clients of the oenologist Dany Rolland, wife of Michel Rolland.



Surface area: 5 acres

Grape Varieties: 92% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc 

Average age of vines: 28 years

Density of plantation: 6,000 vines per hectare

Average yields: 34 hectoliters per hectare

Average cases produced: 600 per year

Plateau of maturity: 8 - 25 years 


Chateau Le Pin Performance History Graph

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Le Pin Performance History Graph

Chateau Le Pin Wine List

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Point Score

Chateau Le Pin 1990 91
Chateau Le Pin 1991 86
Chateau Le Pin 1992 82
Chateau Le Pin 1993 90
Chateau Le Pin 1994 91
Chateau Le Pin 1995 94
Chateau Le Pin 1996 92
Chateau Le Pin 1997 86
Chateau Le Pin 1998 93
Chateau Le Pin 1999 93
Chateau Le Pin 2000 96
Chateau Le Pin 2001 98
Chateau Le Pin 2002 93
Chateau Le Pin 2003 N/A
Chateau Le Pin 2004 95
Chateau Le Pin 2005 93
Chateau Le Pin 2006 93
Chateau Le Pin 2007 89
Chateau Le Pin 2008 92
Chateau Le Pin 2009 100
Chateau Le Pin 2010 100
Chateau Le Pin 2011 96

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