The vineyard is situated in the Barsac commune of the Sauternes appellation, not that far from Chateau Climens. On average, 850 cases of Chateau Nairac wine are produced every year.
The vineyards cover 16.9 hectares
90% Semillon, 6% Sauvignon Blanc and 4% Muscadelle
A terroir of gravel, limestone and clay soils. On average, the vines are 30 years of age.
To produce the wine of Chateau Nairac, vinification takes place in 65% new, French oak barrels. The wine is aged in the same oak casks for up to 30 months before bottling
“Full-bodied, balanced, well-made Barsac, with just the right amount of new wood, ripe fruit and botryitis character.” – Wine Spectator
Rich in liquor, it deploys intense aromas of creamy vanilla and tropical fruits. For this concentrated and powerful wine, the mouth is generous and ample. Its richness is revealed even more after several years of aging.
“Deep orange-gold. Fudge, sugar, marmalade nose, with botrytis, and still showing a little oak. Rich and thickly textured palate, with decent balance although acidity is a touch low. Lovely Demerara sugar and fudge flavour. Has an oily voluptuousness that wouldn’t appeal to all, but overall I find it very good. Drink over the next ten to fifteen years.”
With a golden robe, this wine comes from vines that grow on siliceous Garonne gravel. Rich in liquor, it deploys intense aromas of creamy vanilla and tropical fruits. For this concentrated and powerful wine, the mouth is generous and ample. Its richness is revealed even more after several years of aging.
“The 2005 Château Nairac has a little flatness on the nose compared to its peers: honey and marmalade at first, a touch of persimmon, but it needs a little more tension. The palate is well balanced with a viscous opening, rich in the mouth with tangy marmalade and orange peel notes, though missing some persistence on the finish. I suspect there are better bottles out there, hence the plus-sign against my score.” – Wine Advocate