68% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc. Not that deep a crimson. Lovely Cabernet Franc perfume dominates the nose. Very sweet start and then savoury, sinewy, quite Médocain build. Refined and refreshing. Muscular. Fine. Drink 2022-2038
A solid if slightly austere style of Pomerol, with dark cherry and bitter plum notes lined with a hint of charcoal and backed by an iron-edged finish.
A firm and lightly chewy young Nenin with an attractive berry, chocolate and walnut character. Very good length.
68% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc. Owned by Léoville-Las Cases and produced in the same vein. Layered fruit. Touch of Merlot sweetness. Firm, tight structure. Reticent and austere but will definitely age. Drink: 2022-2035
(68 Merlot, 32 Cabernet Franc) | 13.8% alc. | 30% new oak. This is very red fruited on the nose and the tannins are much fitter and feistier than expected. With a slightly lower alcohol than many of the neighbouring wines there is freshness here which impresses. In spite of this they still had to wait for ages to harvest, in fact it was the first time that they harvested after their Châteaux on the Left Bank (Léoville-Las Cases, Potensac, Clos de Marquis). This is a very enjoyable and pure wine which will require time to smooth out.
Picked later than the Delon properties in Saint Julien (for the first time), this wine benefitted from an unusually high percentage of Cabernet Franc, which added some structure. Smoky, dense and quite backward, but this has polished grass and green pepper notes, some graphite and plump tannins. Drink: 2022-32
Purchased by the Delon family of Léoville Las Cases in 1997, Ch Nenin has quickly ascended the Bordeaux quality ladder.
The small sub-region of Pomerol is situated north-east of the industrious city of Libourne. Pomerol's soils are predominately iron-rich clay with a smattering of gravel that produce wines with extraordinary power and depth. As a result of this clay-dominance, it has the highest percentage of Merlot planted in all of Bordeaux. Certain châteaux are produced exclusively from this grape, but most incorporate smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as well. Despite its hefty (if not exclusive) proportion of Merlot, many people think of wines from this region as separate entities. As one wine aficionado stated recently, "It's not Merlot. It's Pomerol." Despite the region's small size, Pomerol contains some of the world's most sought after (and expensive) wines including Pétrus, Le Pin, Lafleur, l'Evangile and Vieux Château Certan. Unlike other Bordelais subregions, there is no system of classification. The châteaux are traded on reputation alone.