Château Le Pin is a notable winery in that it is the original producer of ‘Vins du garage’, ‘Garage Wine’ or ‘Garagiste’, meaning a winery that produces very limited quantities of wine from small estates.

Château Le Pin is indeed a tiny estate – in the hamlet of Catusseau in Pomerol, on the right bank of the Gironde – it is only 2 hectares and truly lives up to its ‘Garage Wine’ classification. It only produces 600-700 cases per year, minuscule by Bordeaux standards (in contrast, Lafite Rothschild produces approximately 29,000).

Another aspect of the “Vins du garage” denomination is the high prices that these limited wines attract. And the remarkable Château Le Pin is frequently the most expensive wine in the world – these wines are highly sought after!

Produced from gravelly clay soil, the grapes are hand-harvested, fermented in stainless steel, and matured in 100% new oak barriques for 14-18 months in their upgraded state-of-the-art winery. Dany Rolland (Michel Rolland’s wife) advises on winemaking and Jacques Thienpont bought the winery in 1979.

Château Le Pin’s intriguing name comes from the sole pine tree that used to give shade to the winery.

OUR VERDICT

One of the two big ‘P’ wines from Pomerol. Some prefer Pétrus, others Le Pin. The term ‘nice work if you can get it’ springs to mind when asked to compare. But for sheer rarity alone, given its minuscule production, we’d urge people not to refuse Le Pin when offered a glass – it might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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2017 Le Pin, Pomerol 1x150cl

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£4,375 exc. UK Duty & VAT£5,256.41 inc. UK Duty & VATDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate
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