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The 2014 Nenin was a bit of a whipcracker when I tasted it from the barrel, so I was intrigued to find whether it would replicate that performance now in bottle. The bouquet is very well defined, perhaps more minerally and taut than previous vintages with truffle-tinged red berry fruit unfurling in the glass. There is also a potent tang of the sea (kelp or oyster shell perhaps). The palate is very well balanced, supple in the mouth, but it exerts a pleasant grip in the mouth and much more purity than vintages tasted over the 1990s and 2000s. This builds on that promise in barrel and is really quite a lovely Pomerol deserving of its newly designed label.
According to the Delon family, Château Nénin is the epitome of a great Pomerol "Vin de Garde" (wine for laying down). It combines power and elegance, complexity and balance, purity and refinement. The gradual increase of Cabernet Franc within the vineyards gives the wine tautness, distinction and freshness.
To really appreciate the Grand Vin's ageing ability, you may need to be patient. Like all great Pomerol Vins de Garde, Château Nénin blossoms over time.