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Château Kirwan MARGAUX

Château Kirwan Margaux

France
REGION
Bordeaux - Margaux
SIZE
75cl
ABV
13%
VINTAGE
2014
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Grape Varieties: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot
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TASTING NOTES
The wine has a deep colour and so far, shows no trace of evolution. 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.
A classic medium-bodied Margaux, showing good aromatic depth of cassis, blackberry and smoke, and a palate of charming freshness and succulence.

FOOD PAIRING
Beef, Lamb, Game (deer, venison), Poultry

PRODUCER
One of the best loved third growths in the Médoc, Château Kirwan was acquired by an Irish family of that name in the eighteenth century. Before that it had been the property of one of the very first négociants, Sir John Collingwood, whose daughter married Mark Kirwan. After several changes in ownership, the estate was bought in 1925 by the Schÿler family – also négociants – in whose hands it remains today.

VINEYARD
Château Kirwan is a wine that is produced from the best parcels of the vineyard that have mainly gravel soils, but some are also clay. The fruit is picked and sorted twice by hand, then vinified in separate batches corresponding to individual vineyard parcels. Half the oak barrels used to age the wine for eighteen months are renewed every year.
Encountering Kirwan is initially a visual experience. Its vineyard overlooks the Margaux appellation area from the plateau of Cantenac. Its lines stretch off into the distance behind the chateau until all the eye can see is an endless 37-hectare (91-acre) expanse of gravel and clay. A seasoned observer would know that these different soil types contribute to multiple layers of flavour in Kirwan wines.

The rich variety of forty-five different parcels always intrigues those who attempt to understand the fine web of subtlety that distinguishes great wines. The Merlot vines of the “Cabinet Ouest” parcel with its layered clay produce round, fleshy, balanced wines, while nearer the chateau the sun is dazzlingly reflected by surface gravel in the “Mois de juin” parcel in the middle of the estate, where the Cabernet Sauvignon ripens so well and delivers Kirwan’s velvety tannins.
In the distance the “Canon” plot can just be made out, perched at the highest point of the vineyard. Petit Verdot vines grow on this deep terrace of gravel and contribute their distinctive signature to Kirwan’s blends.

WINERY
Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. After malolactic fermentation the wine is matured in oak barriques (forty- five percent new) for nineteen months
Other pieces stand out in this emporium of technical equipment and materials that are there to ensure meticulous, natural and uniform vinification. These immense premises hold other lures for contemplation. The bright red of a canvas at the entrance catches the visitor’s eye, which then refocuses on the transparency and gilded detail of an antique mirror, while upstairs resides a scrupulously laid table. 

SPEC

Characteristics
ABV 13%
Awards Winner
Closure Cork
Size 75cl
Grape Variety Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
Vintage 2014
Location
Country France
Region Bordeaux - Margaux
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