Chateau Kirwan was founded in the late 18th century by Mark Kirwan, a prosperous Irish businessman who combined two small adjoining vineyards in the village of Cantenac, near Margaux, and gave his name to the new creation. He did much to enhance the wine’s reputation, so much so that Kirwan was included in Thomas Jefferson’s book ‘Thomas Jefferson on wine’. The 3rd President praised Kirwan highly, ranking it amongst the greats of Segur and Lynch. It was in 1855 that the classification ranked Kirwan at the top of the third growths of Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux.
2014 overall production: 8000 cases
Blend: 58 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 36 % Merlot, 2 % Cabernet Franc, 4 % Petit Verdot
The wine has a deep colour and the nose is highly complex, a blend of fresh berries with delicate notes of vanilla and caramel. On the palate, its roundness and smooth body immediately impresses. The fruity and spicy flavours continue to develop with no harshness present. This wine is superbly balanced and clearly reflects its origins. The gentle elegance makes waiting a challenge but there is no doubt that this wine has everything it takes to age beautifully and for many years.
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