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2017 Château Nenin

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

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RATINGS

94The Wine Advocate

...notes of baked black cherries, plum preserves and black raspberries plus suggestions of licorice, candied violets and fallen leaves with a waft of melted chocolate. Medium to full-bodied...black fruits with seriously spicy sparks and a beautifully plush texture, finishing long with a compelling mineral kick.

93James Suckling

...blueberry and stone character to the dried violet and sandalwood undertone. Medium to full body...compressed with freshness and length. Bright and exciting. Linear.

92Wine Spectator

Fresh and bright in profile, featuring red currant and raspberry notes, gilded with floral hints and backed by a light rooibos tea echo...lively acidity of the vintage carries the finish.

92Vinous / IWC

...super-expressive and energetic... Rose petal, mint, crushed flowers and savory herbs give the 2017 its distinctly aromatic profile.

91Wine Enthusiast

Fine tannins and a soft texture leave plenty of room for the succulent black fruits and final, almost sweet acidity.

17Jancis Robinson

Lifted, lightly floral aroma and a charming dusty overlay. Quite dark on the palate, savoury and dark-fruited but also scented on the mid palate. Oak is well integrated. Creamy texture, elegant and beautifully balanced. Juicy finish and good freshness and length.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Pomerol

Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux’s red wine producing regions, with only about 2,000 acres of vineyards. Located on the east side of the Dordogne River, it is one of the so-called “right bank” appellations and therefore planted primarily to Merlot. Pomerol is unique in Bordeaux in that it is the only district never to have been rated in a classification system. Some historians think Pomerol’s location on the right bank made it unattractive to Bordeaux-based wine traders, who had plenty of wine from Medoc and Graves to export to England and northern Europe. Since ranking estates was essentially a marketing ploy to help brokers sell wine, ranking an area where they did little business held no interest for them. Pomerol didn’t get much attention from the international wine community until the 1960s, when Jean-Pierre Moueix, an entrepreneurial wine merchant, started buying some of Pomerol’s best estates and exporting the wines. Today the influential Moueix family owns Pomerol’s most famous estate, Château Pétrus, along with numerous other Pomerol estates. Pomerol wines, primarily Merlot blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, are considered softer and less tannic than left bank Bordeaux.

VINTAGE

2017 Château Nenin

"Since being resurrected (in '98) under the ownership of the Delon family (Leoville Las Cases), Nenin is quickly surging to the forefront of Pomerols...producing wines that are rich and generous."-Robert M. Parker, Jr.