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Ch Kirwan Margaux 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

"This is a wine that seduces you, with its crushed blackberries and hints of dark chocolate that follow through to a full body and ultra-fine tannins with a tangy, fresh finish. Solid as a rock. Best ever from here...94" JamesSuckling.com 2/12

Château Kirwan:
  Château Kirwan is a Third Growth wine produced in the Margaux department of Bordeaux, in Cantenac, France. The 18th century property was originally owned by nobleman Renard de la Salle, and was known then as La Terre Noble de la Salle. Sir John Collingwood of Great Britain turned the estate into a working winery. It was passed on to his son-in-law, Mark Kirwan, and the name stu... Read more
  Château Kirwan is a Third Growth wine produced in the Margaux department of Bordeaux, in Cantenac, France. The 18th century property was originally owned by nobleman Renard de la Salle, and was known then as La Terre Noble de la Salle. Sir John Collingwood of Great Britain turned the estate into a working winery. It was passed on to his son-in-law, Mark Kirwan, and the name stuck ever since. The wine has the distinction of being one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorites.    The winery suffered much the same fate as many in the difficult times surrounding the French Revolution, the Phylloxera blight and world wars, with periods of destruction, replanting and changing of hands. A total restructuring of the vineyard took place in the 1950s at the hands of Jean-Henri Schyler with whom it gained a significant brand resurgence. In the 1990s, under the guidance of Michel Rolland, the wine took on a more modern style of heavier fruit extraction and use of new oak, bringing higher commercial success. The winery is now managed by Schyler’s children Yann, Sophie and Natalie. Rolland left the winery in 2007 to pursue other projects.    The grapes are grown in the sandy, gravely soil of Cantenac with 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and the rest, Cabernet Franc.  Read less

Editorial Reviews for Ch Kirwan Margaux

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,030
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2010

Roses and raw wood on the nose with underlying notes of red fruit, porcini, and spice – rather soft up front, silky across the mid-palate, nice earthy/forest floor toned fruit, a bit raw, some nice oystershell mineral tones, rather well balanced with good length and a nice layered finish, savory and fruity (89-90)


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,030
4.00 5
Vintage: 1999 09/22/2008

Earthy and leathery on the nose with an evolving gentle funky tone this offers up sweet oak that is balanced by the very floral Margaux character. Elegant in the mouth and showing great integration at this stage with a midpalate dominated by red currant fruit, soft acidity and sleek tannins. Finishes with a vanillin tinged red berry note of medium length. This has everything that makes for a good 1999, a vintage I am partial to. It is balanced if a touch soft showing admirable restraint allowing for a layered, nuanced character. Just entering it's peak drinking window 2008-2016


Member Reviews for Ch Kirwan Margaux

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0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 09/17/2012

Leichter vegetal geschmack in der nase. sauer, kein holz. nichts für mich.


Snooth User: Tsneeran
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 03/05/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Rodolphe Boulanger
63471,866
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 01/29/2009

Smoke and tobacco nose. Smooth with fresh fruit and space. Layered. Cherries, stewed fruit. Very good with a beautiful finish. Almost a 4.


Snooth User: Sovereign24
319630
4.50 5
Vintage: 2003 10/15/2007

fantastic wine! bold and smooth at the same time, also great just by itself


Snooth User: erdunn
42520518
4.50 5
Vintage: 1999 03/13/2010

Certainly stops you in your tracks when you taste this! Good deep velvet colour. Definate redcurrent nose confirmed by strong flavour on tasting. Leaves a nice soft coating on palette. Have been spoilt by this being my first decent Margaux experience. Have already purchased more.


Snooth User: CHARLIECRAVEN
399922
5.00 5
Vintage: 1995 12/29/2007

Five glasses


External Reviews for Ch Kirwan Margaux

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2013 06/20/2014

A balanced wine with blueberry and berry character a medium body and a delicate finish. Fine tannins. James Suckling.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2013 06/20/2014

The Kirwan 2013 has a reticent nose at first light gravel-tinged black fruit that have a slight Pauillac allure


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 05/22/2012

Plenty of dark berries and fresh ceps on the nose and palate. Full to medium body with polished tannins and an attractive finish. Well-done. Reserved style of Kirwan. James Suckling. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Kirwan 6000ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 11/14/2013

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 35% merlot 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot including 13% vin de presse and being raised in 45% new oak (13.9% alcohol) the Kirwan 10 has a very ripe bouquet with blackcurrant blueberry plum and cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins quite robust on the entry very good weight but mellowing nicely towards the creamy textured finish. This is a very fine modern style Margaux one that is very well crafted. Neal Martins Wine Journal.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 03/03/2013

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot, including 13% vin de presse and being raised in 45% new oak (13.9% alcohol) the Kirwan '10 has a very ripe bouquet with blackcurrant, blueberry, plum and cedar. Th... Neal Martins Wine Journal. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Kirwan 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

Blackish crimson. Intense blend of very ripe fruit and some tobacco savour. Racy green finish - a bit angular - but lots of pleasure too. Edgy for the moment. Not the densest but with real verve. Jancis Robinson.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 08/22/2013

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 35% merlot 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot including 13% vin de presse and being raised in 45% new oak (13.9% alcohol) the Kirwan 10 has a very ripe bouquet with blackcurrant blueberry plum and cedar. Th... Neal Martins Wine Journal A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 2010 Kirwan Bordeaux Blend 750ml


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"This is a wine that seduces you, with its crushed blackberries and hints of dark chocolate that follow through to a full body and ultra-fine tannins with a tangy, fresh finish. Solid as a rock. Best ever from here...94" JamesSuckling.com 2/12

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