Le Pin is situated in Pomerol, Bordeaux. The vineyard is owned by the Thienpont family, owners of Vieux Château Certan, just down the road. Le Pin is one of the rarest fine wines – depending on the vintage only around 750 cases are produced each year from its 2.2 hectares, making it one of the smallest commercial estates in the world. In 2006, the quantity was even smaller, some 450 cases. The wine is now 100% Merlot but when Jacques Thienpont first bought the property the blend was approximately 92% Merlot and the balance in Cabernet Franc. The longevity of the wine is still open to question with current evidence pointing to a maximum ageing potential of 25 years in the best years. The scores for the wine (from a variety of critics), since the landmark 1982 vintage, have been consistently high (over 90 on a scale of 100), whilst the prices at which the wine has been released has varied considerably, following the trend in release prices from the top Bordeaux estates for the vintage as a whole. Most recently, starting from a relatively low point in 2004 (less than 500€ per bottle), it peaked in 2005 (over 1,000€) and has since decreased in line with most of Bordeaux's primeur offerings.
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