Château Nairac is named for the prominent Sauternes family who made its fortune in shipping and politics during the 18th century. Elysee Nairac, the head of the family, acquired the estate in 1777 and erected the Château which is still in use today. Its current proprietors, the Heeters, have steadily improved quality since purchasing the estate in 1971.
Château Nairac displays Barsac's fresh and lively side, which comes to the forefront in this focused and elegant wine that's more citric and spicy than unctuous and honeyed. When Tom Heeter managed the estate, he tended towards high amounts of early Sauvignon Blanc, prizing its aromatics. Since his departure, Semillon has been the primary component. The 17 hectare vineyard reflects this stylistic change and has been replanted to 90% Semillon, 6% Sauvignon Blanc and 4% Muscadelle.