Chateau Nairac 1996

Chateau Nairac – Second Growth Barsac

Bill Blatch: Wow, what a colour this wine has! Almost mahogany, like an Yquem from the 60s. Yet this is the colour it always was – rather like Rieussec 83 – it was just always that colour. This Nairac has all the thickness and fatness of the 96 vintage, yet with a beautiful lively lift from the very pronounced acidity which prevents any form of monotony and enhances the balance into a very mature, secondary (preserved lemons rather than the more usual dried apricots) but tingling fresh balance. It needs to be opened a few hours in advance to really deliver its complexity. It is a fickle wine: poured straight after opening, it doesn’t express its complexity.

£355.25 / case halves

International Wine Cellar – Score 91/100: Tangy orange peel and lime aromas.

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