2014 Château Nairac Barsac Wine Tasting Note


2014 Château Nairac  (Barsac) 92

Obviously youthful, but I like checking these sweet wines out in their youth. The wine is rich, sweet and fleshy, but there is enough lift and vibrance to keep the all vanilla, honeyed pineapple, apricots, white peach and honeysuckle up on its feet. This should start rocking by its 10th birthday.

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When to Drink Chateau Nairac, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Nairac can be enjoyed on the young side with no decanting. In fact, it is delicious and quite a treat young, even on release! However, like all great wines, Chateau Nairac is much better with age, and does not reach full maturity until it's between 12-25 years of age, or in some years, perhaps even longer in the best vintages!

But that is unrealistic for 99% of the world's wine drinkers. So, enjoy it at any special occasion that calls for it.

Of course the wine is sweet, but there is so much, incredible, racy acidity, the wine always feels fresh, and never cloying, which makes it quite fun to enjoy young. With Chateau Nairac and frankly, all Sauternes, temperature is more important than decanting.

Serving Chateau Nairac with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Nairac is best served at 14 degrees Celsius, 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine will naturally warm in the glass, while it develops more aromatic complexities and fleshes out.

Chateau Nairac can be served with seafood dishes, especially shellfish, lobster, crab and oysters on the half shell. Foie gras is a perfect pairing with its natural sweet, salty and savory characteristics. Chateau Nairac can also be paired with roasted chicken, veal and pork dishes that are either spicy, or prepared with a touch of sweetness.

Spicy Asian cuisine, raw fish, like sushi or sashimi, and cheese, both hard and soft also make great pairings with Chateau Nairac.