It’s probably going to snow tonight in Tuscany. I am really cold. The central heating system is not what it should be in my house!
It made me think about how warm and comfortable it was in Hong Kong last week. And besides a number of great tastings I attended, including Le Pin and Vieux-Château-Certan, I had an enjoyable dinner at the Hotel Intercontinental Steakhouse over the weekend with my friend, wine merchant Thomas Bohrer. He brought a couple of wonderful, aged Pomerols: 1966 and 1964 Nenin.
I preferred the 1964, which was rich and fruity still, with soft tannins and a long, flavorful finish of raspberry, tarragon and dried herbs. I gave it 94 points, non-blind. The 1966 was a little more tannic, but it shared much of the same fruity, herbal character of the 1964. I gave it one point less.
We both couldn’t get over how good the Nenins were. And I think Thomas paid about 150 euros for them. What can you buy in current vintage top Pomerols for that price? Nenin made great wines in the 1950s and 1960s. I remember drinking many bottles of the 1955 and 1959 in the mid-1980s at a lunch at the Tate Gallery restaurant in London for next to nothing. I think that current vintages are also very good quality, after the Delon family (of Léoville-Las-Cases) took over.
Another thing that struck us was the alcohol level of the wines. They were probably 12.5 percent, compared to 14 to 15 today. The old Nenins were rich yet fresh and balanced. And after the better part of two bottles, we both still felt fresh (and warm).
Johnny Ng — Hong Kong — March 20, 2007 11:05pm ET
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