2010 Ch. Nenin, Pomerol

2010 Ch. Nenin, Pomerol

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2010 Ch. Nenin, Pomerol

Description

This wine is as sumptuous and sophisticated as one would expect from the team that make the mighty Ch. Léoville-Las Cases, however, it’s been a very long time since Ch. Nenin has made us look up from our glasses and drop our jaws in unison. This is soft, sexy and supple but with a beautiful balance full of perfumed Pomerolian promise. It is one of our favourite Right Bank wines and should show great value.
(82% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc)
Simon Staples, Fine Wine Director
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Chateau Nenin

Chateau Nenin

Château Nenin is a large property by Pomerol standards and one which has long been a favourite of the British Royal Family. Nenin was owned by the Despujol family until 1997 when it was bought by Jean-Hubert and Michel Delon, the proprietors of Château Léoville-Las-Cases. Michel Rolland has been retained as a consultant and the wines are now cleaner and displaying more depth of fruit than before.

Nenin is located just outside the village of Catusseau and consists of a handsome, 19th century château and a 25 hectare vineyard set in a large park. The vineyard is south-west facing and located on a high plateau, where the soils are a mixture of deep gravels and sand.

Nenin is a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are machine-harvested and then fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats. The wine is then matured in oak casks (50% new) for 18 months.

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Pomerol

Pomerol

Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux's major appellations, with about 150 producers and approximately 740 hectares of vineyards. It is home to many bijou domaines, many of which produce little more than 1,000 cases per annum.

Both the topography and architecture of the region is unremarkable, but the style of the wines is most individual. The finest vineyards are planted on a seam of rich clay which extends across the gently-elevated plateau of Pomerol, which runs from the north-eastern boundary of St Emilion. On the sides of the plateau, the soil becomes sandier and the wines lighter.

For a long time Pomerol was regarded as the poor relation of St Emilion, but the efforts of Jean-Pierre Moueix in the mid-20th century brought the wine to the attention of more export markets, where its fleshy, intense and muscular style found a willing audience, in turn leading to surge in prices led by the demand for such limited quantities.

There is one satellite region to the immediate north, Lalande-de-Pomerol whose wines are stylistically very similar, if sometimes lacking the finesse of its neighbour. There has never been a classification of Pomerol wines.

Recommended Châteaux : Ch. Pétrus, Vieux Ch. Certan, Le Pin, Ch. L’Eglise-Clinet, Ch. La Conseillante, Ch. L’Evangile, Ch. Lafleur, Trotanoy, Ch. Nenin, Ch. Beauregard, Ch. Feytit-Clinet, Le Gay.

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Merlot

Merlot

The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

Wine Advocate90/100
Wine Spectator 92-95/100
jancisrobinson.com16.5/20
Robert Parker90/100
Decanter17.5/100

Critic reviews

Wine Advocate90/100
The outstanding 2010 Nenin (82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc) displays more boysenberry, mocha and black currants. With nearly 14% natural alcohol, it possesses plenty of glycerin, loads of fruit, and broad, classic notes of licorice and plums. This wine should be drinkable in 2-4 years and last for 15 or more.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 28/02/2013 Read more
Wine Spectator 92-95/100
Superfleshy but very direct, with long, racy raspberry ganache and red currant notes. Almost flashy, but stays focused through the long finish. Tasted non-blind.
James Molesworth – The Wine Spectator – Top Scoring Bordeaux 2010 – 31 Mar 2011 Read more
jancisrobinson.com16.5/20
Owned by the Delons of Léoville-Las-Cases. Lots of savour on the nose for a Pomerol. It must be such fun making it from St-Julien..! Ripe tobacco leaves. Very sweet and polished, but without quite enough race and life. Just a bit heavy. And very drying tannins on the end.
Jancis Robinson MW- jancis robinson.com 15 Apr 2011
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Robert Parker90/100
The outstanding 2010 Nenin (82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc) displays more boysenberry, mocha and black currants. With nearly 14% natural alcohol, it possesses plenty of glycerin, loads of fruit, and broad, classic notes of licorice and plums. This wine should be drinkable in 2-4 years and last for 15 or more.
90 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- Feb 2013

An 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc blend that hit 13.9% natural alcohol, the 2010 Nenin is a full-bodied, deep plum/purple-colored wine with loads of sweet boysenberry, black currant and cherry notes, as well as hints of earth and spring flowers. Broad and deep, it could turn out to be one of the best-made wines from this estate. It will drink well for 15 or more years.
90-92 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- May 2011 Read more
Decanter17.5/100
2009 announced the best Nénin wine ever in the Delon era and the 2010 vintage follows suit. Dense volume. Lovely fruit. Fresh acidity and tannins. A little more linear and structured than the previous year.
James Lawther MW- Decanter – Apr 2011 Read more