Fugue de Nenin 2012 Pomerol

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Fugue de Nenin 2012 Pomerol

"It may just out to be one of the finest Pomerols Jean-Hubert Delon and his team have made to date as the 2012's are better than either the 2009's or 2010's" Wine Advocate, April 2013.

Specifications

Country, Region
France. Bordeaux. Pomerol
Grape
Merlot 95% Cabernet Franc 5%
Vintage
2012
ABV
14.5%
Food friend
Red meats grilled, cheese

Additional Details

Tasting Notes

This second wine is a typical example of the charm of Pomerol. Fugue is a reference to music; it means a repetition of the main theme. This name makes sense when you taste the wine - Fugue complements the tonalities of its older sibling extremely well, while providing its own attractive and entertaining rendition. The wines are smooth and silky and can be enjoyed earlier than those of the Grand VinEnjoy with poultry or veal roast - Will do well with any red meats grilled, cheese...

Producer details

Chateau Nenin had been the property of the Despujol family starting in 1840. It’s quite possible that the Despujol family actually founded the estate and planted the initial vines for their Pomerol vineyard. That families ownership of the chateau changed in 1997, just before the harvest. The new owners were experienced in managing a Bordeaux chateau as they already owned Chateau Leoville Las Cases located in the St. Julien appellation and Chateau Potensac situated in the Haut Medoc . It was natural that the Delon family would purchase the property, due to their relationship with the Despujol family, as they were cousins through marriage. That is how it came to be that in 1997, Jean Hubert Delon and his sister Genevieve d’Alton purchased the Right Bank estate of Chateau Nenin. Chateau Nenin is a massive property by Pomerol standards with its 32 hectares of vines. Chateau Nenin has the distinction of having one of the few grand chateau in the appellation with its large, 19th century stone design. In fact, the chateau would be equally at home in the Left Bank with its regal splendor. Chateau Nenin expanded their already sizable holdings in 1999 with the purchase of 4 additional hectares of vines from Chateau Certan Giraud . In that transaction, Christian Moueix purchased the remaining hectares and created Chateau Hosanna and Chateau Certan Marzelle . This was followed by a renovation of Chateau Nenin in 2004. It took a while until the Delon family began the march to quality for Chateau Nenin. Starting with the 2015 vintage, everything changed. Yields were reduced, grapes were allowed to gain better maturity and the wines quickly began to show for the better, as evidenced by my tasting notes for the vintage. Genevieve d’Alton has continued making a more active role in managing Chateau Nenin these days.

In the vineyard

The large Pomerol vineyard of Chateau Nenin which covers close to 26.5 hectares is planted to 78% Merlot , 21% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a marked change for Chateau Nenin as the estate at one time was planted with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Perhaps that change will help soften the wine in the years to come. The terroir is a mix of gravel, clay and sand with some iron in the soil. The vines are on average close to 30 years of age. However, there are old vines, some of which are more than 50 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from of 6,300 vines per hectare to 7,100 vines per hectare. The higher levels of vine density are found in the newer plantings. Wine making at Chateau Nenin in Pomerol is traditional. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel, temperature controlled vats that range in size from 70 hectoliters up to 160 hectoliters. On average, Chateau Nenin is aged in 30% new oak, or less, for an average of 18 months, depending on the vintage. While Michel Rolland is used as their consultant I do not see his touch at Chateau Nenin as the wines of Chateau Nenin are masculine and quite structured by nature and do not display the typical, lush, velvety qualities found in most Pomerol wines. Perhaps this has to do with the large amount of press wine added to the blend. In some vintages, as much as 20% press wine has been added to the blend. Chateau Nenin produces a second wine , Fugue de Nenin. The wine of Chateau Nenin clearly ages well. A recently tasted bottle of 1961 Chateau Nenin was quite a treat.

In the press

"Bright, sweet and fleshy. Great Merlot expression. Excellent for a 2nd Wine". James Lawther. MW. 87 Points. Decanter

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