Vinous – 93
The 2017 Nénin only comes from the plateau as frost devastated the lower reaches. It has a well-defined bouquet, nicely focused with blackberry, briary and crushed stone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, very refined, not as deep or as opulent as the previous vintage but chiseled and very focused on the peppery finish. Very fine, a Nénin that does not show off like the 2018 because (whisper it quietly), this is better.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2042
JancisRobinson.com – 16+
Tasted blind. Mid ruby colour. Quite raw and aggressively youthful on the nose, this almost still feels like a barrel sample. Powerful cherry and kirsch. The palate is better knit together, with jewels of vibrant cherry and plum fruit, together with fine-grained tannins and graphite savour. Plump and rounded, there is an approachability to the structure here. I would suggest decanting this for the sake of aroma, but the palate is ready to go. (TP)
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2032
Robert Parker – 94
Composed of 58% Merlot and 42% Cabernet Francâ€”the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc everâ€”the 2017 Nenin is deep garnet-purple in color and comes galloping out of the glass with exuberant notes of baked black cherries, plum preserves and black raspberries plus suggestions of licorice, candied violets and fallen leaves with a waft of melted chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers bags of youthful black fruits with seriously spicy sparks and a beautifully plush texture, finishing long with a compelling mineral kick.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2045