Nairac Sauternes 2009
Dessert from Sauternes and Barsac, Bordeaux, France
"This could be Nicolas Tari’s finest Nairac to date. It has an impressive, intense bouquet with honey, white flowers, orange peel and a touch of toffee apple on the nose. It is missing a little clarity at first, but it clears marvelously with just a few swirls of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with superb viscosity and weight. It is very well-balanced with outstanding purity and tension: notes of honey, peach and a little spice. There is great length on the finish that lingers tantalizingly in the mouth. Superb."
The Wine Advocate
"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.
Range: 92-95 Points"
International Wine Cellar
"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."
"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."
"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."
Learn About Sauternes and Barsac
(saw-TURN & BAR-sak) Liquid Gold The regions of Sauternes & Barsac are both located southeast of Graves, almost directly south of St-Émilion, and hug the Garonne River as it curves. Both areas are dedicated to producing sweet, white wines. The rains, the mists, the humidity and the climate, all help foster the necessary mold that leads to the unfortified, but lusciously sweet wines...
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Beyond Port and Sherry, here are a few of our favorites:
Sauternes - the golden wine of the Sauternes region in
Bordeaux, these wines are made with botrytis-affected
grapes and produce a rich, honeyed concoction with an amazing balance of sweetness and acidity.
Don"t discount Sauternes'
neighbor, Barsac, or even the region across the river,...
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