2009 Nenin, Pomerol

SKU #1087710 94 points James Suckling

 A racy red. Aromas of ripe raspberries and lemon rind, with hints of flowers. Full body, with tangy acidity and a creamy tannins and bright fruit. Very intense. Best in 2018.  (2/2012)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Structured, but so rich, with the tannins enveloped by sweet plum fruits and excellent acidity. The wine is juicy, sweet and darkly rich.  (4/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

 This is a noticeably grippier style, showing a chunky edge to the bittersweet cocoa and charcoal notes which support the core of dark fig and blackberry fruit. This has good, racy structure though, so it should settle down with cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2027. 4,580 cases made.  (3/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (the label says 14.5% alcohol): Bright, full red-ruby. Musky dark berries, black cherry and underbrush on the fresh nose, complicated by a smoky minerality. Lush, smooth and minerally, with lively flavors of plum, chocolate and smoke; nothing heavy about this Pomerol. Finishes with ripe tannins and very good length. This tightened up with air, showing the structure to age.  (7/2012)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The grand vin, the 2009 Nenin, is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc with 14% natural alcohol. This wine is the product of Jean-Hubert Delon, the proprietor of Leoville-Las-Cases and the excellent northern Medoc estate of Potensac. The wine has closed down considerably since I saw it from barrel, with a Medoc-like, structured minerality and backwardness. The tannins have moved to the front, and the wine displays loads of raspberry and black cherry fruit with a hint of earth in addition to floral notes. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 15-20 years.  (2/2012)

K&L Notes

** 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet and Franc. Ripe fruit aromas and flavors, lush on the palate.

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/7/2012 | Send Email
** Tons of ripe fruit. Lush on the palate. Black raspberry jam and chocolate.

Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/7/2012 | Send Email
The best I've ever had from here.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/7/2012 | Send Email
One of my Top 10. This wine has amazingly pure fruit. Delicate and complex.

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