WEINWISSER: "100 % Merlot, 14.4 Vol.-%, pH 3.77, 29 hl/ha. Was für eine unglaubliche Intensität dieser Le Pin hat: frisch gepflückte Walderdbeere, Himbeermark, Schattenmorellensaft, betörender Irisduft, getrockneter Rosmarin und Oregano – wie eine Mille-feuille. Am sublimen Gaumen mit seidiger Textur, kakaoartigem Tanningerüst, tänzerischer Rasse, mineralischem Kern sowie einem perfekt modellierten Körper. Im konzentrierten Finale explodiert der Pomerol und endet mit einem Korb von Herzkirschen, edler Cassiswürze und royaler feinkörniger Adstringenz. Gehört neben Trotanoy zu den besten Weinen aus der Appellation. Auf meine spitzbübische Frage, ob das hier der beste Le Pin sei, antwortet Jacques lächelnd: "Nein, ich bin nie zufrieden und möchte mich jedes Mal verbessern!" 2030 – 2055."
JAMES SUCKLING: "Such is the ripeness and richness of the vintage but the wine remains so fresh and balanced. Medium-bodied with subtle and juicy tannins. It's a little fuller-bodied than the perfect 2020 but it is just as weightless and gorgeous. Cashmere texture throughout. Only 65% new wood."
THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Quite floral in nature, it is the vivacious nature, sensuality, and freshness in the fruits that stand out. Picture, velvety-textured, black plums with dark chocolate, saffron, orange peel, cumin and black raspberries that caress and paint your palate with layers of fruit. There is a sublime sense of purity, paired with elegance and vivacity that sticks with you in the precise finish for close to 60 seconds. Produced from 100% Merlot, 14.4% ABV, 3.77 pH, the harvest took place September 6 - September 17. Yields were only 29 hectoliters per hectare. Drink from 2026-2055."
THE WINE ADVOCATE: "The elegance and harmony of the 2022 Le Pin took me aback. Harvest began at this small estate on September 6th, proceeding bit by bit until all 10 blocks were picked, and the resulting wine is maturing in 65% new oak. Wafting from the glass with aromas of minty blackberries and cassis mingled with hints of licorice, spices and rose petals, it's medium to full-bodied, bright and fleshy, with a sensual, seamless profile and terrific integration at such an early stage. It's one of the finest vintages at this address in the last decade or more."
DECANTER: "Concentrated fruit, ripe blackcurrants and soft bramble touches with delicate perfumed aromas on the nose. Smooth and supple, more straight and sleek than the nose suggests with an appealing hit of mouthwatering acidity on the mid palate giving life and energy balanced by an intense saline minerality that gives edges to the firm tannins. This opens after a few minutes, becoming more expressive and complex adding graphite, cocoa, liquorice, flint, floral touches and succulent red fruits to the mix. Poised, happy, joyful, captivating and lively. Very impressive. Doesn't quite carry the weight of others but this is stunning with a lightness of touch and extreme polish. 3.77pH. 3.0g/L total acidity. Ageing in barrels, 65% new, 35% one wine."
JEB DUNNUCK: "As always, the 2022 Château Le Pin is 100% Merlot, but the amount of new oak has been pulled back substantially in the past few vintages, and the 2022 is still resting in just 65% new oak. This Burgundian styled Merlot reveals a healthy ruby/purple hue as well as a beautiful bouquet of spiced red and black fruits, background oak, dried flowers, and loamy earth. Medium to full-bodied, restrained, incredibly elegant, and balanced, with fine tannins, it's another remarkable, singular wine from this château."
JANCIS ROBINSON: "Very deep, glowing crimson. Slightly reticent nose. Sweet and smooth and with an undertow of juicy, candied tobacco leaves! Long and pure. It’s difficult to see the tannins but apparently the IPT (tannin level by analysis) is sufficiently high, thanks to the thick skins, which also promoted colour extraction. Long and deceptively drinkable!"