Kirwan 2015

Margaux, Third Growth

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Tasting Notes

The 2015 Château Kirwan showed beautifully and is just another data point pointing to Margaux being the star of the Médoc. It boasts a deep ruby/plum color as well as thrilling notes of black raspberries, toasted bread, Asian spices and lead pencil. With subtle background oak, a ripe, opulent texture, sweet tannin, and notable purity and elegance, give bottle 3-4 years in the cellar and enjoy through 2035+.

Score: 93

Jeb Dunnuck, Maturity: 2022-2037 30 November 2017

Dark flowers and toasty coffee beans aromas. Fresh with lots of lift in the mouth, underpinned by dark chocolatey fruit and a smooth cappucino finish.

Score: 92 - 94

Albany Vintners, - 27 April 2016

So much character here of wet earth, mushroom and black currants. Full and powerful. Chewy tannins yet polished and very fine. Focused intense.

Score: 93 - 94

James Suckling, 01 April 2016

Fresh, with a light iron frame around the red currant and damson plum fruit. Pretty lilac details chime in on the cedar-edged finish.

Score: 89 - 92

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 01 April 2016

Very dark crimson. Haunting aroma - very smooth yet concentrated. Very impressive! Much more freshness than of old. The Boissenot touch?

Score: 17 - 18

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2024-2040 01 April 2016

The 2015 Kirwan has a very opulent, heady bouquet that perhaps has its foot pressed down a little too hard on the accelerator? It just feels a little ostentatious compared directly with its peers. The palate goes some way to restore order with small dark cherries, taut and quite firm tannin with a very citrus-fresh finish. It is a Margaux that seems to be on full glare at the moment - I hope that during élevage the contrast is toned down, so that there is more balance and a sense of terroir can come through, because this estate can produce great wines.

Score: 89 - 91

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2019-2033 01 April 2016