1996 Le Pin
By Chateau Le Pin
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Scores and tasting notes
Like many 1996 Pomerols, there is a certain austerity to the tannins, and the wines are not as generous and voluminous as they would be from a great right bank vintage like 1998 or 2000. Nevertheless, this is a top-notch example, more structured than usual, but still has the exotic notes of melted chocolate, roasted espresso, a hint of coconut, and a plethora of jammy black fruits. Relatively supple, even for the vintage, this flamboyant, medium-bodied wine shows superb ripeness, purity, and overall balance with a bit of dry tannin in the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020. Last tasted, 5/02.
Robert Parker Jr - Bordeaux Book, 4th Edition Jan 2003
Tasted at Bipin Desai’s Le Pin vertical in Los Angeles. A smaller crop: a paltry 360 cases to grace the world. It has a deep garnet core with a tawny/deep brick rim. The nose has a softness to it, some sous-bois aromas coming through and with gentle swirling touches of mint and then with extended aeration, some dried coconut. The palate is medium-bodied, well defined with fine tannins, just a little greenness in the middle, notes of black cherries and a little Doris plum. Quite foursquare towards the finish with some leafy, tobacco notes right on the finish. Not a top-tier Le Pin, but my style of “classic” Pomerol that would partner cuisine with aplomb. Drink now-2016. Tasted November 2008.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2009
Tasted from a half-bottle with Jacqcues Thienpont, the 1996 Le Pin was served against the 1986 and, to be honest, this particular example was put in the shade by the older wine. Visibly more mature on the rim, the nose is not quite as cohesive as the 1986 with mulberry, leather, fig and tertiary aromas. The palate has good weight, which is commendable given that this was not a Right Bank vintage, but the tannins feel just a little coarse and it certainly did not offer the same degree of precision as the 1986 Le Pin. Maybe there are better bottles out there, but I would be inclined to drink mine (if I had any) over the next 5-10 years. Tasted June 2016.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 28 October 2016