Le Pin (Pomerol) 2008

Pomerol, First Growth

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Tasting Notes

The 2008 Le Pin has a sumptuous bouquet with red cherries, crushed strawberry, truffle, orange rind and light floral scents. It comes across as being fully mature although the palate indicates that it will gift a long drinking window. It offers plenty of raspberry and blackberry fruit, the tannins perhaps a little edgier than other vintages, a touch of graininess towards the fresh, mineral-driven finish. It is not the most voluptuous Le Pin, more reflective of the growing season than the terroir.

Score: 94

Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2018-2038 01 February 2018

Tasted at the chateau, the immediate impression on the nose of the Le Pin 2008 is the richness, an almost honeyed richness that is in stark contrast to say, VCC or L’Eglise-Clinet. It ebbs a little with further aeration, to reveal aromas of dark plum, fig, boysenberry and a touch of crushed stone. More open compared to other Pomerols. The palate is quite different with very fine tannins on the entry, very taut and superb acidity. Tightly-wound, exceptionally pure and bursting with mineralite towards the finish with vibrant blueberry and dark plum on the finish where the terroir really shines through. Superb.

Score: 96

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2013-2025+ 01 January 2011

This is an elegant, sexy, aromatic style of Le Pin, with a dark plum/purple-tinged color and a seductive nose of caramel, mocha, jammy black cherries and currants, as well as hints of wood and earth. Medium to full-bodied and round, with no hard edges, this lush style of wine should drink nicely for another 15 or more years.

Score: 92

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2011-2026 03 May 2011

This wine had finished malolactic fermentation, but it was still very primary and largely unevolved. There will be approximately 525 cases of this 100% Merlot in 2008. A dense purple color is followed by notes of cassis, kirsch, plums, and hints of underbrush as well as roasted coffee beans. The wine possesses superb concentration, beautiful freshness, and an opulent, dense style with exceptionally sweet tannin. It will be an outrageously good Pomerol to consume over the next 25 years.

Score: 94 - 96

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2009-2034 30 April 2009

Just bottled. Very opulent and sweet on the nose. Sweet and talcy on the palate. Very caressing and polished. Nice balance even if not the most opulent. Very fresh and already easy to love. (17.5+ Points)

Score: 17 - 18

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2012-2024 10 April 2011

This is all silky and perfumed, with stunningly pretty raspberry, plum and cherry fruit flavors that glide effortlessly over perfumed spice and floral notes. It's almost too easy, but then the latent grip checks in, with black tea, clove and ganache taking over. Beautiful. Drink now through 2020. 375 cases made.

Score: 93

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2011-2020 01 January 2011

Ruby-red. Captivating, dense nose offers very pure aromas of violet, ripe raspberry, black cherry, plum and minerals. Incredibly rich and exotic on the palate, with a compellingly pure black cherry flavor complicated by notes of sweet licorice, cinnamon and minerals. Finishes sweet, broad and extremely long, and though slightly more tannic than usual, the tannins are very smooth and polished. This is the only property in Pomerol on mainly gravelly soil that did as well as those situated on more clay-rich ground, which tended to make the best wines in Pomerol in '08.

Score: 93 - 95

Ian D'Agata, International Wine Cellar 01 May 2009