Chateau Le Pin
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Chateau Le Pin One of the world's most expensive red wines is Château Le Pin, and it comes from Bordeaux's Pomerol appellation in the Catusseau hamlet of Gironde. Le Pin's name came from the one lone pine tree located on the land. The winery that produces this exquisite wine is a small estate producing between 600 and 700 cases annually.
The plot where the winery is located was owned since 1924 by Madame Laubie, but she sold its one hectare to Jacques Thienpont just before 1980. Thienpont further developed the estate's vineyards with the help of his family residing on the neighboring estate of Vieux Château Certan. At that time, Le Pin's wine was made only in small quantities in a basement. Since then, the vineyard has expanded along with the entire property.
Château Le Pin's five acres of vineyards consist of topsoil with sandy gravel on limestone bedrock. The grapes used by this estate are 100 percent Merlot, and the vines average nearly 40 years in age. Le Pin wine is often considered the founder of garage wines, but some people disagree with that idea. As one of the most highly-sought wines in the world, Château Le Pin often tops the list of the world's most expensive wines. Because of the wine's rarity and high value, Le Pin works with Selinko and the app they make available for consumers to help them avoid purchasing counterfeit Le Pin bottles. The app scans a special NFC-compliant RFID tag on each product to match it with the manufacturer's records.
Experts recommend seven to 10 years of aging for optimal flavor with Le Pin wines, which have a lavish oak flavor and are very concentrated and decadent. Of the Pomerol wines, Le Pin is the second most popular and the third most expensive with a price continually trending upward. Le Pin continues producing its signature red wine every year, but there were no bottles made in 2003 due to a drought. Critics rated Le Pin as the best Pomerol red wine available. James Suckling and Robert Parker the Wine Advocate gave the 2010 vintage a score of 100 out of 100, and Robert Parker gave the 1982 bottle a score of 100 as well. Le Pin's 2006 vintage received Concours de Bordeaux Vins d'Aquitaine's Argent distinction.
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