2023 Château Nenin, Pomerol, Bordeaux

2023 Château Nenin, Pomerol, Bordeaux

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Blend: 67% Merlot; 30% Cabernet Franc; 3% Cabernet Sauvignon.

It is worth remembering that Nénin is owned by the Delon family of Ch. Léoville Las Cases. That, and its very individual terroir, means Nénin stands out stylistically from the Pomerol mainstream. There is always a high proportion of Cabernet Franc here, with a little Cabernet Sauvignon for the first time in 2023.

The wine is rich with mulberry fruits. It is also floral, with rose and liquorice notes. The palate is full without being too weighty and there is a pleasant sapid, sour-cherry edge to the finish. This is a most interesting wine, perhaps a little more introspective than some of this year’s Pomerols.

Drink 2029 - 2045

Our score: 16.5/20

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Jane Anson94/100

Mocha, blood orange, creamy ripe damson and black fruits, a swirl of peony flowers, succulent but without being heavy, this is a great Nenin, showing potential of the property's 20 year old Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, used in the blend for the first time in this vintage.

40% new oak for ageing, 46hl/h yield, 3.68ph. Pomerol estate owned by the Delon family of Léoville Las Cases.

Drink 2030 - 2046

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (April 2024)

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Neal Martin, Vinous90-92/100

The 2023 Nenin was picked September 9 to 28 at 46hL/ha and matured in 40% new oak for a planned 16 months, including 7% vin de presse. It is the first vintage including 3% Cabernet Sauvignon from a parcel located near Trotanoy. There is quite an attractive marine/sea spray element in the aromatics that lends freshness, certainly elevating it above the Fugue. The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh entry and fine acidity, quite saline in the mouth with a liberal sprinkling of black pepper on the finish.

Drink 2027 - 2042

Neal Martin, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous92-94/100

The 2023 Nénin is a classy wine that marries power with nuance. Cabernet Franc plays a prominent role here, and that comes through in its aromatic presence and overall feel. There's also a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon, which no doubt contributes to the wine's profile as well. Rose petal, mocha, spice, licorice, leather and cedar are all laced together in this powerhouse Pomerol. I can't wait to see where this goes.

Drink 2027 - 2043

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW91-93/100

The 2023 Nenin is deep garnet-purple in color. Notes of black cherry compote, mulberries, and anise jump from the glass, with underlying hints of Indian spices and menthol. The medium-bodied palate is plush and juicy, with well-knit freshness and bags of youthful black and blue fruits, finishing on a savory note.

The blend is 67% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. The alcohol is 13.39%.

Drink 2028 - 2042

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent (April 2024)

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Jancis Robinson MW16.5/20

67% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. 46 hl/ha. Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend for the first time. Cask sample.

Elegant floral fragrance. Long, linear and precise. Structured but tannins well integrated. Quite a bit of acidity and tension. Needs a bit of time to knit. Very much in line with the house (Delon) style.

Drink 2029 - 2040

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 2024)

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Wine Advocate93-94/100

The 2023 Nenin is very attractive, bursting from the glass with aromas of raspberries, dark berries, rose petals and spices, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy and supple palate that's pure and sensual, with a succulent core of fruit, sweet tannin and an immensely charming profile that promises a broad drinking window.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (April 2024)

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James Suckling94-95/100

67% merlot, 30% cabernet franc and 3% cabernet sauvignon.

A linear and structured red with blackberry, raspberry and a hint of crushed stone. Medium-bodied with a solid core of fruit and a long, intense finish. Crunchy and minerally. Classy. Precise.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (April 2024)

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Jeb Dunnuck93-95/100

Blended with 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2023 Château Nenin is rocking stuff, offering a terrific array of black cherries, graphite, plums, chocolate, and tobacco, with some classic Pomerol damp earth notes. It's lively, medium to full-bodied, balanced, and elegant, with beautiful tannins.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (May 2024)

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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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Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot and Cabernet Franc are grape varieties commonly used in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in the Bordeaux region of France. When these two grapes are blended, they can create a wine that combines the best characteristics of each variety.

Merlot is known for its smoothness, soft tannins, and ripe fruit flavours. It often contributes black cherry, plum, and chocolate flavours to the blend. The grapes are relatively easy to grow and ripen earlier than other Bordeaux varieties, making them versatile for blending.

Cabernet Franc, on the other hand, adds structure, depth, and complexity to the blend. It typically brings aromas of red fruits such as raspberry and strawberry, along with herbal notes like bell pepper and tobacco. These grapes have thinner skins and can be more challenging to cultivate, requiring specific growing conditions to reach their full potential.

When Merlot and Cabernet Franc are combined, the result is a well-balanced wine with various flavours and aromas. The blend often exhibits a Bordeaux wine's medium to full body, along with a smooth texture and moderate tannins. The specific flavour profile can vary depending on the proportions of each grape in the blend and the terroir and winemaking techniques employed.

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