82% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc. Second label of Chateau Nenin, Pomerol.
Winemaking Team Notes: "Fugue de Nénin was created and first sold in 1997. Fugue comes from sandy-clay soils found in the eastern part of the Château's vineyards, as well as from the young vines. 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 Vin.
Vintage Notes: The vintage 2012 was characterised by a slow, late growth cycle due to a very cool and wet spring. The budburst was spread out over time and created a variation in the stages of development that was to be partially evened out by the dry, sunny period that began in mid-July. The colour change and ripening occurred in ideal weather conditions that continued through to harvest-time. The grapes remained perfectly healthy despite rainy spells during picking."
Critic Tasting Note: "The nose is fine, concentrated, spicy and finely powerful. It reveals notes of ripe cassis, ripe wild strawberry and fine notes of wild blackberry, fleshy wild berries associated with hints of wood, violets as well as subtle touches of Sichuan pepper, spices, toasted oak, a hint of grilled oak and an imperceptible hint of espresso (after aeration). The palate is nicely fruity / juicy, well-balanced, silky and offers a nice matter, a fine mineral frame as well as a fine gourmandise. On the palate, this wine expresses notes of fleshy / crushed cassis, crushed blueberry and fine notes of juicy red berries, fleshy raspberry combined with touches of concentrated blackberry, toasted oak as well as subtle hints of cocoa, gray pepper and violet. Tannins are fine and well-built. The finish is relatively powerful." - 91-92 pts, Vert de Vin
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