2005 Nenin 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pomerol/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2005 Nenin

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International Wine Cellar | 89

($66-$80) Medium red. Currant, plum and mocha on the nose. Then nicely vinous in the mouth, with a rather serious underlying structure supporting the flavors of plum and chocolate. A bit stern but has good stuffing.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

Pure, intense black fruit. Rich aromas with a hint of vanilla and violets. Succulent and moreish - tannins are rich and ripe and upright but very come-hither. Delicious. (JH)

Drink Dates: 2012-2025
Author: Julia Harding MW


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Wine Advocate | 90

Not surprisingly given the ownership by the Delon family (who also own Las Cases), Nenin always has a Medoc structure super-imposed on the ripe Merlot (75% of the blend, with the balance Cabernet Franc). The strong 2005 exhibits notes of sweet black cherries, licorice, and caramel in its medium to full-bodied, structured personality. It requires 5-7 years of cellaring, and should keep for two decades or more.

Drink Dates: 2013-2033
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 176

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Wine Spectator | 93

Very grapey on the nose, with mineral, tarragon and fresh flowers. Full-bodied, with very well-integrated tannins and a light vanilla, berry and milk chocolate aftertaste. Subtle and balanced. The best Nenin in years.

Drink Dates: 2012+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 75
Author: cmpnz
Tasted On: 10/31/2011
Textbook traditional right bank Merlot nose - all dried blood, iron and rust, with black plums lurking underneath. Flavours of black plum skins and blackberries, drying tannins, but finish is strangely soft. Time?

About This Producer


Among its Pomerol brethren, Chateau Nenin proves to be unique. With over 30 hectares under vine located adjacent to the city of Libourne, Nenin is one of only a scattered few large estates in its region. The structure itself, an elegant, two-storey 19th-century chateau, stands out in an otherwise unassuming Pomerol landscape. By the mid-1990s, Nenin's history of inconsistent successes, checkered with ostensibly lackadaisical winemaking, opened the door for a super-second inspired makeover project.

In 1997, Jean-Hubert Delon of Chateau Leoville Las-Cases acquired Nenin and undertook a radical restructuring of vineyards and facilities. Delon also hired winemaking guru Michel Rolland as consulting oenologist. Eager to prove himself on the Right Bank, Delon is passionate about Nenin and pays it the same attention to detail as Las-Cases. The resulting wine, "has become much fuller, more powerful with cleaner black fruits and chewy tannins," according to Neal Martin, and Robert Parker comments, "The new regime has swiftly put the wine back into the first division of Pomerol chateaux."

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