2018 Nenin (Pomerol)

63% Merlot/37% Cabernet Franc. Yield 33.8 hl/ha. Harvest dates 13th September - 10th October. 45% new barrels. Quite a savoury, mineral style, very different from many of the more primary, fruit-driven wines we tasted in Pomerol. Undeniably big, but by no means overextracted. A savoury, structured finish with a lot of complexity. (NT 15/04/19)
Pomerol, Right bank, Bordeaux FRANCE
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92 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019
17 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019
93-95 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
87-89 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
92-94 points, Chris Kissack,

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Jane Anson

This has incredibly clear pencil lead and graphite flavours from the very first moment (I’ve tasted it a few times and always got this (to the point that I genuinely recommend it to wine students who are studying flavours!) but once you get beyond this, everything is precise and well fleshed out with beautiful ripe red fruits. A little higher than usual Cabernet Franc is in the blend and these are massal selection vines which are flavourful and rich in salinity. The harvest took place between 13 September and 10 October, 3.64IPT. 92 points

Julia Harding

63% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc; 45% new oak. pH 3.64. Black core with purple rim. As on the Fugue de Nénin, that exotic spice like nutmeg on the nose, but floral too like peony or wild roses. Highly perfumed. On the palate, lots of spice – cinnamon too – and here there`s a really supple and smooth dark-chocolate texture. Very distinctively aromatic. Dark fruit and dark chocolate on the palate and a nice freshness to balance, more restrained on the attractively dry finish with the freshness of the Cabernet Franc. 17 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The 2018 Nenin is made up of 63% Merlot and 37% Cabernet Franc and has 14.6% alcohol. Yields were 33.8 hectoliters per hectare, and grapes were harvested between September 13 and October 12. The wine is to be aged in barriques, 45% new, and the finished blend was put into barrels last December. Deep purple-black in color, it sings of Morello cherries, Black Forest cake, licorice and lavender with a core of plum preserves, unsmoked tobacco and warm blackberries plus a waft of Provence herbs. Full-bodied and concentrated yet bursting with energy, it has a solid backbone of firm, rounded tannins and bags of freshness, finishing long. 93-95 points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 Nénin offers a good bit of red/purplish berry fruit at the outset. Sweet floral and spice notes give the 2018 a good bit of aromatic brightness and lift. On the palate, the wine is a bit constri cted, especially on the mid-palate. Nénin has been an inconsistent performer en primeur. It will be interesting what élevage brings. The blend is 63% Merlot and 37% Cabernet Franc. 87-89 points

Chris Kissack

This is a blend of 63% Merlot and 37% Cabernet Franc, picked between September 13th and October 10th, with a yield of 33.8 hl/ha, an alcohol of 14.6% and a pH of 3.64. It has a delightful fragrance on the nose, all peony, sweetpea and verbena scents. It certainly possesses a very floral style, with some toasted oak, bringing a sweet and lightly caramelised edge to the aromatic profile. It feels very precise all the same. The palate follows on with a sense of precision, showing freshness, character and energy. It feels medium-bodied, lithe and sinewy in its character, with perfumed peony fruit. A very fresh style with tightly grained, seamless and polished tannins. Long and tense, this vintage continues a run of improved form for this estate. The élevage will be in 45% new oak. 92-94 points

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