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2009 Chateau Nairac Sauternes (Barsac) (half bottle)
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About Chateau Nairac

Founded in 1777, Chateau Nairac displays Barsac's fresh and lively side. Its current proprietors, the Heeters, have steadily improved quality since purchasing the estate in 1971.

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2009 Chateau Nairac Sauternes (Barsac) (half bottle)

Producer: Chateau Nairac
Style: Sweet Wine
Grape Type: Semillon
Origin: France
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Sauternes and Barsac

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92-95 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May 2010

(92% semillon, 4% sauvignon blanc and 4% muscadelle; 185 g/l residual sugar; 3.7 pH; aged in 25% new oak) Pale, full yellow. Racy aromas of pear, apple, peach and marzipan, with enticing floral lift and a hint of botrytis in the background. Suave and fine-grained, this Barsac displays very intense and sweet flavors of apple jelly, ripe pear and pineapple, yet remains wonderfully light on its feet for such an opulent wine. Subtle, restrained and impeccably balanced wine, offering sneaky concentration and very good finishing grip. A pretty note of apple cider lingers long. This is yet another great Nairac in the making; the wines from this estate have been magnificent in recent years, and it's hard to think of a better sweet wine for the money. If you must buy just a single Sauternes in '09, this might be the one.

91 Points | Wine Spectator
95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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