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CHATEAU LE PIN POMEROL 1999

Posted by gardenchic, Oct 12, 2011.

I want to know how heavenly this is? Does anyone have it in their cellar? It is supposed to have a dominate mocha flavour? Does it?

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 12, 2011.

Are you interested in any vintage, or just this one. Do you, perhaps, have access to a bottle of this particular vintage?

Le Pin is definitely tasty, though a bit controversial with some folks. I've had other vintages than the '99. Mocha was not the dominant flavor....

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Reply by JonDerry, Oct 13, 2011.

That's quite a price rich wine. Very dominant on the Merlot, usually close to 100% a la Chateau Petrus, with maybe a little Cabernet Franc mixed in if growing conditions call for it. Would love to try one someday, however I don't see it in my sights anytime soon.

I'm also guessing Le Pin must have been a big part of the Garagiste movement in Pomerol, with the small scale production and the highly sought after growing conditions.

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Reply by gardenchic, Oct 13, 2011.

Thank you both!, Had a friend just try it and highly recommended it, so of course, i want to try it, i have heard that it is pricey tho. Still, i like to find those rare, hard to find ones.

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Reply by JonDerry, Oct 13, 2011.

If you try it, make sure to let us know what you think.  The average price is just south of $2,000

The 2000 Le Pin goes for over $5,000!

http://www.wine-searcher.com/find/le+pin/1999

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Reply by gardenchic, Oct 14, 2011.

really? I was told 500 to 600.?

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 14, 2011.

Depends on the vintage, and how you source it. You need to be particularly selective since it is a highly fashionable 'garagiste' label (it almost singlehandedly represents that category), and people are selling the sizzle as well as the steak, in some cases a lot of sizzle. I would never pay in the thousands for it, though I have in the (low) hundreds in the past.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 14, 2011.

Okay, I checked the link and the LivEx Index must be in free fall, because Le Pin 1999 was under $2k a bottle, JD.  A magnum was around $4k, and a case of 6 was $10k. Still way too rich for my blood.

The WikiPedia entry for "garagistes in Bordeaux" is pretty clear in its leanings--against.  But it cites LePin as the predecessor of garagiste wines, or sort of the ur-garagiste. 

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Reply by JonDerry, Oct 14, 2011.

Interesting that Le Pin was a leader in the Garagiste movement, how about La Mondotte? Seems like they or he might have been one of the 2nd wave of garagistes.

Fox, I did say WS had it just south of $2,000, so unfortunately probably no free fall occuring just yet.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 14, 2011.

I stand corrected.  You did mention that the 2000 le Pin was $5k.  Not the '99.  I am going to rush right out and buy 2 bottles.  ;-)

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Reply by erniex, Oct 17, 2011.

Had the outrageous pleasure of trying 2 vintages of Le Pin, though not 99, and for sure its an impressive wine, but for the price tag it makes absolutely no sense to me. Le Pin is all about scarcity, and you will find plenty other Pomerols or St Emilions (Merlot based Super Tuscans for that matter) that will bring you an even amount of pleasure for a lot less. If you have a 6 digit monthly income then why not try if for fun, heck, wash yourself in the stuff, but for the mere mortals it not recommended.

I tried it at a tasting where I paid in the neighbourhood of 1500$ with some 30 of the worlds most expensive wines lined up, and served in 4 cl samples. A pleasure to say the least,  but that still dont make them good buys.

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Reply by gardenchic, Oct 17, 2011.

very interesting,,, thanks


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