In a nutshell: A rich, elegant Saint-Emilion from a Chateau owned by Cheval Blanc.
The lowdown: From the fantastic 2010 vintage this is the penultimate vintage of Chateau La Tour du Pin to be produced. Covering just 17 hectares La Tour du Pin split from its parent estate of Chateau Figeac in the late nineteenth century and was known as La Tour du Pin Figeac until it was bought by its other illustrious neighbour, Cheval Blanc, in 2006 who then dropped 'Figeac' from the name. From 2012 the estate was brought into the Cheval Blanc fold with 2011 the last vintage made. This lovely 2010 made by the Cheval Blanc team is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc matured in oak for 12 months. Perfumed, floral aromatics lead onto a full and rounded palate with great depth and structure. Flavours of rich black and red berry fruits with liquorice, dried spice and graphite notes with integrated tannins and a long length. Excellent example from this great vintage.
93/100 - Robert Parker
When to drink: Drinking now though will keep easily through the rest of the decade.
Château La Tour du Pin is a small, 10 hectare, property in Saint Émilion just across the road from the prestigious Cheval Blanc and has been owned and managed by them since 2006. Going back to the 19th century it was once a part of the larger neighbouring Château Figeac who, for a number of reasons, divided up and sold off much of their land in the late 1800s. Today its one of a number of properties resutling from these divisions and it shouldn't be confused with the adjacent La Tour du Pin Figeac whose lineage can be similarly traced back.
Under the ownership of Cheval Blanc, La Tour du Pin has established an enviable reputation for itself which is quite understandable since operations and winemaking are done by the same staff.