Château Kirwan Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2000

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A large vintage is always the result of alternating sun and rain in perfect rhythm for the grapes. The weather put on...

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Full ruby color. Vibrant, deep aromas of cassis, blackberry, minerals, licorice and smoky oak. Large-scaled and impressively rich in the mouth chew... Read more

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/17/2009

Full ruby color. Vibrant, deep aromas of cassis, blackberry, minerals, licorice and smoky oak. Large-scaled and impressively rich in the mouth chewy and very concentrated. A rather powerfully structured, nicely delineated wine that should be long-liv... Stephen Tanzer. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2000 Kirwan 750ml


Winemaker's Notes:

A large vintage is always the result of alternating sun and rain in perfect rhythm for the grapes. The weather put on a great show for the 1999 vintage. The volume of the harvest is less than that of 1998 but despite the small quantity, the 1999 vintage bears all of the sought-after quality of a delicate vintage. Kirwan soils are quaternary Pyrenean gravels on an impermeable clayey ground. Average vine age is 27 years. The grapes were hand-picked with double sorting outside and in the vat house on a vibrating sorting table. Vinification was with indigenous yeasts and fermentation was at temperatures at approximately 31° to 33° C (89° to 91° F). Malolactic fermentation: in new oak barrels in a thermo-regulated wine storehouse for 40% of the harvest and in stainless steel tanks for 60% of the harvest. Ageing was 20 months in barrels, with 30% new barrels. Robert Parker writes: Kirwan's 2000 is a full-bodied, dense, chewy, backward, muscular powerhouse (atypical for a wine from this appellation). The opaque black/purple color is followed by a chewy, concentrated, dense, long, persistent effort with terrific ripeness as well as copious aromas and flavors of cassis, new wood, licorice, and tar. If more nuances emerge, it will merit an even higher score."

A large vintage is always the result of alternating sun and rain in perfect rhythm for the grapes. The weather put on a great show for the 1999 vintage. The volume of the harvest is less than that of 1998 but despite the small quantity, the 1999 vintage bears all of the sought-after quality of a delicate vintage. Kirwan soils are quaternary Pyrenean gravels on an impermeable clayey ground. Average vine age is 27 years. The grapes were hand-picked with double sorting outside and in the vat house on a vibrating sorting table. Vinification was with indigenous yeasts and fermentation was at temperatures at approximately 31° to 33° C (89° to 91° F). Malolactic fermentation: in new oak barrels in a thermo-regulated wine storehouse for 40% of the harvest and in stainless steel tanks for 60% of the harvest. Ageing was 20 months in barrels, with 30% new barrels. Robert Parker writes: Kirwan's 2000 is a full-bodied, dense, chewy, backward, muscular powerhouse (atypical for a wine from this appellation). The opaque black/purple color is followed by a chewy, concentrated, dense, long, persistent effort with terrific ripeness as well as copious aromas and flavors of cassis, new wood, licorice, and tar. If more nuances emerge, it will merit an even higher score."

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