Le Pin 2001
Tasting Notes Le Pin 2001
A tremendous effort, this 500-case cuvee (one of Bordeaux's original garage operations) is even better in 2001 than it was in 2000. Its deep ruby/plum/purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary perfume of creme de cassis, cherry liqueur, plums, licorice, caramel, and sweet toast. This flamboyant, opulently textured, rich, concentrated Pomerol is a brilliant success as well as one of the wines of the vintage for 2001. Its low acidity and extraordinary ripeness suggest early drinkability, but it has proven it can last for 18-20 years.
Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index's 10-Year On horizontal. This has a decadent bouquet with immense richness and voluptuousness, an almost honeyed bouquet with marmalade and sloes, Maraschino cherries and apricots. The palate is medium-bodied with a very sweet, luscious entry, rounded and generous with I suspect a lower acidity level than its peers. That honeyed theme continues right to the finish, although it slightly detracts from the essence of Bordeaux and could actually be a very fine Napa wine. Tasted March 2011.