2009 Nairac, Sauternes

SKU #1166552 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Nicolas Tari oversaw a sensational 2009 Chateau Nairac. It has a richer bouquet compared to the 2010 with exuberant, explosive scents of acacia honey, dried apricot and a hint of petrol that transposes the exoticism of the vintage. The palate is well-balanced with a viscous opening. There is plenty of vibrant spicy fruit, interwoven with orange rind and pineapple, leading to a beautifully focused an intense finish. Stack this high in your cellar. Drink 2016-2040+. Tasted March 2014. (NM)  (6/2014)

92-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 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.  (5/2010)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 In this concentrated wine, an opulent botrytis character dominates. Notes of yellow and citrus fruits combine with a lemon-flavored honey accent to produce a wine that has both richness and intense acidity. It needs to age.  (2/2013)

91 points James Suckling

 This is so delicious with thick honey and dried fruit character. Full body, medium sweet and lots of dried fruits. Almost oily. Long and intense. Better in 2015.  (5/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Rich, with seemingly languid persimmon, quince and glazed peach flavors, this quickly picks up a racy feel, with toasted almond and orange blossom notes running through the finish. Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. Best from 2013 through 2020.  (3/2012)

K&L Notes

We found this superb bargain on our April trip to Bordeaux. The wine is so lush and sweet, and then again, it has great acidity to balance this richness. I prefer it to almost any other 2009 stickie and the price is a steal. Honey and coconut and pineapple aromas that follow to the palate. The firm acidity on the palate is a perfect balance for the intense richness. I score this wine 95++ points. (Clyde Beffa Jr., K&L)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
This sensational wine combines aromas and flavors of clover honey, saffron, pineapple, orange spice tea and sweet scented wildflowers. Full-bodied without being unctuous, an oily sleekness holds the mid-palate and a mineral/acid tension glides along the long finish. This really over-delivers for the price.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2014 | Send Email
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I have a confession, I am ashamed that I don’t drink as much Sauternes as I should. As a whole there may not be another wine that delivers as consistently for the price as Sauternes. The 2009 Nairac is a perfect example, at $39.99 this wine is a screaming deal. Liquid gold in the glass this wine has seductive aromas of dried mango and pineapple along with roasted almonds and the slightest hint of coconut. The palate is unctuously smooth with flavors of candied orange, ginger, apricot and notes of caramel. Powerful but light on its feet this is a delicious Sauternes.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2034

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