2001 Nairac 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Barsac | Sauternes-Barsac Deuxieme Cru Classe/ White / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

IWC 89-92   Collector 85
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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

Average rating: 90, based on 2 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

407 bottles owned by 105 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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