2012 Nenin, Pomerol (Previously $50)

SKU #1282133 93 points James Suckling

 Chewy and rich with a walnut, almond and delicate chocolate character as well as the ripe fruit. Full and very rich. Drink now.  (10/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *** Cellar Selection *** Big and rich, this is a solid, dark and dense wine. Power and ripe fruit dominate the opulent structure. Produced by the Delon family of Léoville Las Cases in Saint-Julien, it is a wine for aging. Drink from 2020, but the wine will be developing for more years after that. (RV)  (5/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux tasting. The 2012 Nenin, which is the same blend as the 2015, appears to be maturing nicely in bottle after an impressive showing in barrel. Those cassis and blackberry notes are locked in, now augmented by subtle sea spray and rose petal scents, all with fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, very well balanced, though not enormous depth towards the finish that feels just a little austere at the moment; but there is appreciable length and a silky smooth texture. Give this 2-3 more years in barrel. (NM)  (10/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Features a strong roasted alder frame, with a slightly burly core of ganache, espresso, crushed plum and blackberry notes. The grippy finish sports ample briar and currant paste elements. Gutsy, but everything is in place. Should gain more nuance with cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2024. 3,000 cases made. (JM)  (3/2015)

90 points Vinous

 The 2012 Nenin is round, soft and caressing, with lovely overall texture and body. Ripe dark cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and spices meld into the expressive finish. Drink this supple, open-knit Pomerol over the next handful of years. Both of these 2012s from Jean-Hubert Delon's Pomerol property are successful. (AG)  (1/2016)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2017 | Send Email
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A winner at our 2016 Las Cases family tasting. perfumey, oaky aromas. Must decant for two hours and it blossoms. Enjoy now or cellar for 10 years.
Drink from 2017 to 2027

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2017 | Send Email
Still young, tight and in need of decanting, but harmonious and coming along quite nicely. This is quite elegant with the flavors and aromas of red fruits and mineral combining in a supple and clean style. Decant now or cellar 5 to 10 more years.

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