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Château Kirwan Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2003

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This vintage is the fruit of exceptional climate conditions: a very cold winter, where it came very close to hailing and freezing, and a very hot summer with a 30-day heatwave. The precociousness of the 2003 harvest, already anticipated at the moment of budding, was confirmed by the fruit's maturity 10 to 15 days ahead of normal. The high heat yielded a magnificently concentrated and rich wine but was accompanied by a significant loss in production volume. Kirwan's soils are quaternary Pyrenean gravels on an impermeable clayey ground. The average vine age is 27 years old. In 2003 the harvest was early, from September 12 to October 3. The grapes were hand-picked with double sorting outside and in the vat house on a vibrating sorting table. Vinification was with indigenous yeast and fermentation was controlled at approximately 31° to 33° C (89° to 91°F). Malolactic fermentation was in new oak barrels in a thermo-regulated wine storehouse for 40% of the harvest and in stainless steel tanks for 60%. This full-bodied and mouth-filling wine pairs with meat, duck, game, dishes with a sauce, wild mushrooms.

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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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Snooth User: Sovereign24
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10/15/2007

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


External Reviews for Château Kirwan Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/08/2009

Classy aromas of blackberry, Indian spice and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with wonderfully integrated tannins and a long, caressing finish. A real beauty here. Best after 2010. 5,665 cases made. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Kirwan 1500ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Classy aromas of blackberry Indian spice and dried flowers. Full-bodied with wonderfully integrated tannins and a long caressing finish. A real beauty here. Best after 2010. 5 665 cases made. Wine Spectator.



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This vintage is the fruit of exceptional climate conditions: a very cold winter, where it came very close to hailing and freezing, and a very hot summer with a 30-day heatwave. The precociousness of the 2003 harvest, already anticipated at the moment of budding, was confirmed by the fruit's maturity 10 to 15 days ahead of normal. The high heat yielded a magnificently concentrated and rich wine but was accompanied by a significant loss in production volume. Kirwan's soils are quaternary Pyrenean gravels on an impermeable clayey ground. The average vine age is 27 years old. In 2003 the harvest was early, from September 12 to October 3. The grapes were hand-picked with double sorting outside and in the vat house on a vibrating sorting table. Vinification was with indigenous yeast and fermentation was controlled at approximately 31° to 33° C (89° to 91°F). Malolactic fermentation was in new oak barrels in a thermo-regulated wine storehouse for 40% of the harvest and in stainless steel tanks for 60%. This full-bodied and mouth-filling wine pairs with meat, duck, game, dishes with a sauce, wild mushrooms.

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