La Tour du Pin
Classification: Grand Cru Classe
If we go back in time La Tour du Pin was originally part of the great Figeac estate (as was Cheval Blanc). Figeac is the largest estate in Saint Emilion and is also one of the oldest Bordeaux estates. The first known historical reference to the Figeac estate dates back to the 2nd century AD, when extensive lands and a large Gallo-Roman villa were known to bear the name of their owner, the Roman pro-Consul Figeacus. Figeac belonged to the same family for more than 500 years but down the centuries it has been sold a number of times and plots of its vines have gone to other Château which explains the number of them which have added Figeac to their own name.
In 1879 a 91 acre section of vines was purchased by a M. Corbière to form Château La Tour Figeac (now owned by the Rettenmaier family). Two years later half the land was sold and further divided into the estates Château La Tour du Pin Figeac (Moueix) - purchased in 1947 by Antoine Moueix, uncle of Jean Pierre Moueix - and Château La Tour du Pin Figeac (Giraud-Bélivier). It was the Château La Tour du Pin Figeac (Moueix) that was purchased by Cheval Blanc in 2006.
Château Cheval Blanc have instigated finely tuned plot management systems and soil analysis to release the full potential of the 40 year old vines. To build on these efforts the first vintage was conducted in small vats to respect the diversity of the vineyard. The vatting process was carefully controlled on a case by case basis to bring out the potential of each grape variety, each type of soil and each type of vat. This has produced a wine with ripe – but not over ripe fruit, tannins which are dense but not harsh and fine mellow flavours of wood which leave the wine flavours to the fore.
La Tour du Pin vineyards cover 22 acres and lie between Cheval Blanc and Figeac at the edge of the Pomerol appellation. The soil is considered the more gravelly of the three La Tour properties, closer to the conditions of neighbours Figeac and Cheval Blanc. The Grand vin is typically a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, as is the estate's second wine, Clos La Fleur Figeac. The consultant oenologists are Gilles Pauquet and Denis Dubourdieu and La Tour du Pin is a classified Saint Emilion Grand Cru. As of 2012 Cheval Blanc has absorbed around 3.5 acres of the best of La Tour du Pin’s vineyards and this wine will no longer be available - making the few vintages that have been released rather rare.
The wine of Château La Tour du Pin is a deep red with a purplish tint. The bouquet is fresh, complex and intense with a nicely integrated woody touch. The wine has notes of cherries, strawberries, blossom and raspberries. The attack is full and smooth leading into a silky tannic structure with a fresh edge highlighting the fruity quality of the finish.
Owner: Bernard Arnault and Albert Frère (also own Château d'Yquem, Cheval Blanc and Quinault L'Enclos)
Oenologist: Pauquet / Dubourdieu