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Chateau Kirwan 2014

Vintage
2014
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Size
0.75L
Grape
Bordeaux Blend Red
Type
Red Wine
Ratings
WS89
WA91
HK$470
SKU:
W-BX-172-QT-214
Description
The 2014 Kirwan has a brisk raspberry and wild strawberry nose, a touch confit with rose petal scents emerging with time, the vanilla aspect observed in barrel now completely assimilated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and well-judged acidity. Harmonious in the mouth with good body, it builds nicely with cedar and white pepper-infused black fruit, though it just cuts away swiftly on the finish that maybe knocked off a point on the bottle tasting in October 2016, though six months later, a second bottle showed more persistence. This is a commendable Kirwan that should give 15-20 years of pleasure. -WA
The Winery

Chateau Kirwan is a producer located in Margaux, the most southern commune in the Medoc, is one of the top rated Margaux estates. The estate was classified as a Third Growth in the 1855 Classification of Bordeaux wines. Mark Kirwan, an Irishman, acquired the property from Englishman John Collingwood in 1760 after marrying Collingwood's daughter. He built the chateau and branded the label with his name to make it easier for merchants to identify and sell. Thomas Jefferson, a lover of Bordeaux, wrote about Chateau Kirwan (Quirouen, at the time), and listed it as a second classified growth. This was, however, before 1855, when it was officially classified as a third growth. Chateau Kirwan believes in minimally invasive techniques in the wine cellar, calling winemakers "wine helpers" instead. Often described as elegant, silky, and firmly structured, it is considered a classic example of Margaux. In addition to the grand vin, they also make a second wine called Les Charmes de Kirwan. It is made from grapes picked from younger vines and is a classically silky Margaux with a more approachable style, offering a fruitful, supple and elegant blend with delicate oaky notes. That means it can be drunk a little younger.

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