2022 Château Nenin, Pomerol, Bordeaux

2022 Château Nenin, Pomerol, Bordeaux

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Blend: 64% Merlot; 36% Cabernet Franc.

Nénin is owned by the Delon family of Léoville Las Cases. The team have worked hard recently to find the balance between a more accessible style in youth without losing sight of the slight austerity which allows the wine to age so well. 

There is now a move to conducting some malolactic fermentation in barrel, known to add a creamy element to the aroma and palate. The 2022 shows real finesse and good depth. All the elements appear to be in place: interesting floral aromas, creamy blackberry, along with high tones of grass and lead pencil from the Cabernet Franc. 

Drink 2030 - 2048

Score: 16.5/20

Berry Bros. & Rudd (June 2023)

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Neal Martin, Vinous91-93/100

The 2022 Nénin was picked September 1-23, a relatively long harvest. The nose is quite opulent with black cherries, boysenberry and a touch of fi. Generous and bold. 

The palate is medium-bodied with dark chocolate and espresso-laced black fruit, granular tannins, and well-judged acidity. The 39% new oak needs a few months to be assimilated. Composed and quite persistent, this should drink well after 3-5 years.

Drink 2027 - 2045

Neal Martin, Vinous.com (April 2023)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous92-94/100

The 2022 Nénin is terrific. Pliant, rich and creamy in the glass, the 2022 is a formidable example of the year. Soft, plush contours wrap around a core of red/purplish berry fruit. Touches of blood orange, mint, cinnamon and rose petals lend nuance to this sensual, alluring Pomerol from the Delon family. The 2022 is beautifully done.

Drink 2028 - 2042

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (April 2023)

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Jane Anson89/100

Cloves, smoked coffee bean and liqourice, adding gourmet layers to the damson and black cherry fruit. Picking September 1 to 23.

Drink 2024 - 2030

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (May 2023)

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Wine Advocate93-95/100

A blend of 64% Merlot and 36% Cabernet Franc, the 2022 Nenin delivers aromas of cherries, violets, sweet berries and rose petals, followed by a medium to full-bodied, deep and fleshy palate that's rich, succulent and seamless, its ample core of fruit largely concealing its sweet, powdery tannins.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (April 2023)

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Jancis Robinson MW16.5/20

64% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Deep crimson hue. Fresh and floral with just a hint of oak. Ripe core and smooth tannins with decent length on the finish. A touch warm but reasonable balance. Needs to knit. 14.3%.

Drink 2028 – 2040

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (May 2023)

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James Suckling94-95/100

A juicy and crunchy red with blackberry, chocolate, and hazelnut. Mocha. Full to medium body with a creamy texture. Lots going on here. 64% Merlot and 36% Cabernet Franc.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (April 2023)

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Intensely fragrant, floral, ripe fruit with milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roses, violets, and strawberries. Juicy and slender, this is sleek and beautifully supple on the palate, moving with grace and depth but not heavy or too rich. 

There’s an intensity to the fruit flavours, though, with hints of liquorice, clove and cedar; not a light, easy wine; there’s power and concentration, but so well delivered with balanced acidity. Long finish with lingering clarity. 3.69pH. 65IPT. A yield of 33hl/ha.

Drink 2027 - 2042

Georgina Hindle, Decanter.com (April 2023)

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Jeb Dunnuck92-94/100

Ripe black cherries, red plums, spice, dried herbs, and chocolate all emerge from the 2022 Château Nenin, an incredibly ripe, sexy, full-bodied Pomerol revealing a broad, opulent mid-palate and velvety tannins. Based on 64% Merlot and 36% Cabernet Franc, this is another concentrated, inky-hued, powerful 2022 that will demand bottle age.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (May 2023)

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About this WINE

Château Nénin

Château Nénin

Château Nénin is a rather large property in the appellation of Pomerol on Bordeaux’s Right Bank. It’s located just outside the village of Catusseau. Jean-Hubert Delon, proprietor of Château Léoville Las Cases, long knew Château Nénin’s potential; he bought it from the Despujol family in 1997. The Delon family quickly got to work, with major investment and renovation in the vineyard and the winery – replanting a huge amount of the vineyard to best suit the soils here. Of the estate’s 32 hectares, around 25 are currently in production, planted to Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Unusually for Pomerol, most plantings are in one block, which is surrounded on two sides by Château Trotanoy. There’s also a smaller plot near Le Pin.

The Cabernet Franc here is the result of massal selection of Léoville Las Cases. The technical team here believe that this enhances the purity and elegance of the fruit. The use of new oak is relatively restrained, with experiments underway with alternative vessels including glass vats, large oak vessels and terracotta. The property benefits greatly from the Delon family’s Left Bank savoir-faire, but it remains true to its Pomerol roots. This is an ever-more precise and elegant Pomerol, with huge ageing potential and offering value for money.

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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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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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