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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 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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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

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

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



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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 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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