Le Pin is the precursor of garage wines, and Bordeaux’s most famous wine without an actual château attached to it. The Pomerol estate is owned by Jacques Thienpont (cousin to VCC’s Alexandre) and his Master of Wine wife Fiona. The bouquet has bright, blooming, sweet red fruit at the fore, that melts – Proustian style – into a gentle, sweet flowerpress of childhood memories. The fruit is bluer on the palate – still sweet, still pure. This wine is a million miles from the gravitas and complexity of the Pauillac first growths in 2010. It’s really quite simple, but beautifully so; ingénue milkmaid rather than savante countess.