Chateau Nenin, La Fugue de Nenin 2002-$35.99
Wine of the Week
Dwight Casimere | 6/17/2015, 8:58 a.m.
Bordeaux wines are among the most prized by wine lovers around the world. Prices for prized vintages vary widely and can easily get into the stratosphere. Fortunately many producers in the region offer what they call "second labels," of their premium vintages, which allow consumers to gain the advantage of the chateau's fine grape varietals, rich terroir and winemaking skill. The wines are made from grapes grown on younger vines and they may be aged in older, less expensive barrels, for less time than first label wines, or a combination of old and new oak barrels. Such a wine is Chateau Nenin, La Fugue de Nenin 2002-$35.99, an elegant red blend from the highly regarded Pomerol region of the Right Bank. With origins that date back to the 19th Century, this chateau has garnered an international reputation for its high quality wines. A favorite of the British Royal Family, Chateau Nenin is a blend of 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc. The result is a wine that is rich and elegant with a silky feel on the palate and rich, ripe red fruit overall. It's a delicious wine with barbecued steak or ribs (try a Flank Steak marinated in a spicy rub or Leg of Lamb with fresh Rosemary and garlic from the garden). Grilled vegetables such as eggplant or asparagus make for great accompaniments. The herbal flavors bring out the best in this rich, aromatic wine. At $26 a bottle, this wine delivers all of the elegance of a fine Pomerol without the hefty price tag.