This is a special wine with unique black-cherry character and hints of hazelnuts. Full bodied, tight and totally melted together with the firm and ultra-fine tannins. Extremely long.
Açaí and blackberry fruit flavors are melded with licorice snap and Black Forest cake notes in this exotic offering. There's enough energy to keep this honest on the finish too. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. (JM, Web Only-2019)
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. (LPB)
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. (JA)
The 2018 Nénin is matured in 45% new oak for 16 months and contains a high proportion of Cabernet Franc like the previous vintage. It was picked from 13 September until 10 October. It has a flamboyant and floral bouquet with potent violet scents that threaten to overshadow the fruit behind. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit and a fine bead of acidity. I like the freshness here and the "coolness" on the finish that disguises the warmth of that later summer. The strict selection, only 35% of the crop, paid dividends. (NM)
63% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc; 45% new oak. pH 3.64. Barrel sample. 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. (JH) 17/20
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