2010 Chateau Nairac

Chateau Nairac 2009 En Primeur Sauternes

Chateau Nairac – Second Growth Barsac

RELEASED 25th May 2010 – £384/case bottles or £400/case half bottles

Bill Blatch: After several highly sweet vintages, this shows a return to more subdued sugar levels that allow the quince / kiwi bright fruit to express itself in a very defined way, enhanced by quite high acidity Yet the power is there and carries the wine through into a firm, strong finish that avoids all sense of heaviness. This could become a great Nairac.
Decanter: 17.5/20 – Perfect sample, protected more by carbonic gas than by Sulphur Dioxide, not far from fermentation, very rich and marked by noble rot, high alcohol content supportive of a long life and successful gastronomic pairing, not the most crystalline Barsac. Drink 2020-2040.
Neal Martin: 90-92+/100 – The 2010 Nairac displays precision and minerality on the fresh, vibrant, lifted nose, with hints of beeswax and honeysuckle. The palate has a very lively, zesty entry with good acidity and tension, the finish needing time to meld together, but vibrant and vigorous. This Nairac is not as immediate as the 2009, but it will offer immense pleasure by bottling and may warrant a higher mark.
Jancis Robinson: 15.5/20 – Drink 2020-2030.  Pure gold.  Heady and like a violet cachou.  Tastes fizzy!  Not the purest, nor the richest.  A bit dry on the end.  A bit aggressive really.  Residual Sugar 135 g/l, Total Acidity 4.1 g/l, Alcohol 14%.
Wine Enthusiast: 91-93/100 – Fresh, bright in style, with a spice cake of flavors while keeping taut fruit and final acidity. The texture, though, promises good aging.
Tim Atkin: 94/100
Panos Kakaviatos: 90-92/100 – Very fresh nose, white flower and pear. The palate is somewhat hefty but there is fine overall richness even if the finish is a tad warm.
Jeremy Williams: 89-91/100 – Pale gold; butterscotch, wax; full on the nose; positive palate with some candy, butterscotch, heather honey. Nice wine.
Rene Gabriel: 20/20
Matthew Jukes: 17/20
Jane Anson: 90?/100 – Rich rich gold, a little cloudy, and a prickle on the tongue, still working its way through. But the flavours are good and intense. Should retaste.  Drink 2018-2030
Jean-Marc Quarin: 17.25/20
Chris Kissack: 17.5-18.5/20 – Residual sugar 135 g/l. Very fine, open, well defined purity on the nose here. Restrained power, a suggestion of botrytis depth but with a very fine frame to it. Brilliant, slightly confit notes to the yellow plum fruit. Quite a structured style on the palate, immediately very broad, giving a great presence in the mouth, slowly unfolding to show the energy of a botrytis undercurrent with fine acidity at its core. So fresh and lifted, with citric edges, this is very impressive. There is just so much power and energy at the end. This is stunning.
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