Chateau Kirwan is a beautiful estate in Margaux that is world renown for their exceptional wines. Their flagship bottling is produced from the best parcels of the vineyard– rich with gravel and clay soils. The fruit is picked and sorted twice by hand, then vinified in separate batches corresponding to individual vineyard parcels before it’s aged for 18 months.
Their 2010 bottling is a knockout. Robert Parker, Jr. himself was particularly drawn to the estate, saying “Keep in mind that in the 19th century, Kirwan was making some of the longest-lived wines of Margaux, so it is nothing new to see this property produce big, blockbuster reds that require considerable patience from their prospective purchasers.”
He then called the 2010 one of those signature blockbuster wines. It’s important to note though that Parker noted the wine is, “powerful and concentrated, but by no means excessively extracted”. That’s what makes this bottling so impressive. There’s a lot of seductive aromas and character with this wine that unwinds to bigger and bigger expressions of Margaux fruit. It’s textbook and built to last. A gem for sure.
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94 Points, Wine Enthusiast
This full, fruity wine is packed with acidity as well as ripeness. It has a fresh black-currant character, and the structure underneath is strong.
93 Points, James Suckling
Dried berry and plum character on the nose and palate. Full body, with chewy tannins and a juicy finish. Lots of beautiful and ripe fruit here.
92+ Points, Robert Parker, Jr. – Wine Advocate
As always, this estate has produced a blockbuster style of Margaux in 2010, with the more masculine side of the appellation providing density, power, big body, loads of fruit, extract and richness. This wine is powerful and concentrated, but by no means excessively extracted. Dense purple, muscular, deep and impressive, it is a wine that allows for no compromise among wine lovers. Forget it for 6-10 years and drink it over the following 20-40 years.