2001 Nairac 375ml

France - Bordeaux - Barsac | Sauternes-Barsac Deuxieme Cru Classe/ White / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch
2001 Nairac
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International Wine Cellar | 89-92

($32-$39) Pale gold. Exotic aromas of ripe apricot and sultana raisin, with liqueur-like and candied notes. Very sweet, concentrated and powerful. Extremely young, chewy and dense, with sugar, acidity and alcohol balanced at a high level. Note of licorice. Shows excellent delineation and structure from the outset, as well as terrific length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 109

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Wine Advocate | 88-91

The 2001 Nairac was still in barrel when I tasted it several months ago. An evolved style, with a moderate amber color as well as good acidity, it is powerful and rich although somewhat disjointed. Notes of creme brulee, honeyed pineapple, sweet peaches and other tropical fruits emerge from this big 2001. Not yet revealing all of its charm, it requires 4-6 years of cellaring, and should age for 15+ years.

Drink Dates: 2008-2019
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 153

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Wine Spectator | 95-100

Intensely botrytised, with loads of allspice and mineral character, yet lively and exciting. Full-bodied, racy and very long. Fresh sweetness.

Author: James Suckling
Issue: Web

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Score: 85
Author: Pierre T184
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/06/2009

About This Producer


Located near the northern road into Barsac, the wealthy Nairac family purchased the property in 1777 and were the owners until 1837 when they were forced to put it up for sale, having lost their substantial wealth in the French Revolution. The estate fell into serious disrepair and changed ownership several times over the next two centuries until the Heeter family purchased it in 1971. The family fully renovated the vineyards, chateau, and surrounding property, and contracted with enologist Emile Peynaud to improve the winemaking.

Today there are 17 ha of vines, predominantly in the Barsac appellation. The soil is principally gravel and limestone and the vineyard is comprised of approximately 88% Semillon, 9% Sauvignon Blanc, and 3% Muscadelle, with the vines averaging 30 years of age. The wine is fermented in oak barrels, 50 to 100 percent of which are new depending on the vintage, and it is then aged in barrel for 18 to 36 months before bottling.

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