An elegant and powerful red wine from Pomerol
Produced on a 32 hectare vineyard, Chatea Nenin is a red wine from the Pomerol appellation. The vines are on average 25 years old. The terroir, typical of Pomerol, is composed of clay and gravel-based soil. The 2016 vintage is composed of 75% Cabernet Franc and 25% Merlot.
2016 is distinguished by its complicated weather conditions. From January - March there was a lot of precipitation, which restored water reserves in the soil. Temperatures in March were mild and allowed the buds to begin to burst. April was rather cold and rainy, slowing down the vine development. Mid-June temperatures were as expected, with high temperatures and droughts. Maturation occurred rapidly and homogenously during the first fortnight of August. Harvest took place on September 23rd - October 13th, the berries had reached their optimal ripeness thanks to the beautiful weather.
Chateau Nenin 2016 is a complex blend of richness and fruity aromas provided by Merlot and the fantastic freshness of Cabernet Franc. On the palate, Nenin 2016 is opulent with tannins that are smooth and present. This wine combines an incredible elegance and power.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Nenin is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc picked from 18 September until 8 October at 37 hectoliters per hectare. For the first time, the Grand Vin includes the new selection of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from sections on the plateau that were replanted in 1999 and 2000 (last year, the 2015 included only part of the Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon). It has a lifted and generous bouquet with raspberry, wild strawberry and violet aromas, just a hint of clove emerging with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin that I feel are finer than I have encountered before at this property. There is a lovely savory/bell pepper note originating from the Cabernet Franc and there is very good depth and persistence on the finish. Whilst this Nenin does not possess the detail and precision of the finest Pomerol growths in 2016, it is certainly a very strong follow-up to the 2015 and suggests that there is better to come.