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2020 Château Kirwan En Primeur

Released en primeur today at £360 per dozen bottles in bond, 2020 Château Kirwan is another in a clutch of excellent-value Margaux wines from the 2020 vintage.  

As with Prieure-Lichine, this estate receives high praise from both Suckling (94-95 points) and Julia Harding MW for (17 points).  An unusual alliance!  But perhaps this due to the mix of intense, dark fruits and structured tannins found in Margaux wines in this vintage.  

Landing in spring 2023.

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Château Kirwan, Margaux

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Château Kirwan, Margaux

Château Kirwan is a Troisième Grand Cru Classé in the commune of Margaux. The late 18th century château was built by Mark Kirwan, a prosperous Irish businessman who combined two small adjoining vineyards in the village of Cantenac. The estate is mentioned in Thomas Jefferson's famous book on wine after his trip to Bordeaux in 1787, noting that “Château de Quirouen” was in the 2nd category, along with “Ségur” and “Lynch”.

The Bordeaux merchant family Schÿler purchased Kirwan in 1926. Sophie, Nathalie and Yann Schÿler run the estate, with Philippe Delfaut as oenologist and managing director.  The estates 37 hectares are planted to 45 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 % Merlot, 15 % Cabernet Franc and 10 % Petit Verdot.  

RED 2020 Château Kirwan 75cl £360 per case of 12 Château Kirwan
2020 / / 75cl
£360 per case of 12
Tasting Notes“Full bottle 1,355 g. Cask sample taken 6 April. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot. Black core with purplish rim. Intense blackcurrant aroma and a lovely lift from all that Cab Franc – lively dark-red fruits. Juicy, bright and yet well structured. Complete, harmonious and fresh. Not a blockbuster but all in proportion. (JH) 14%. Drink 2028 – 2038. 17 points.” (JH),, Apr 21------"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2020 Kirwan prances out of the glass with pretty scents of redcurrant jelly, black raspberries and Morello cherries, followed by hints of lavender, black tea and dried Provence herbs, with a touch of tree bark. The medium-bodied palate has fantastic tension and fine-grained tannins framing the tightly wound red fruit and savory layers, finishing long and refreshing. Drink 2025-2040. 91-93+ points" Lisa Perotti-Brown,"Extremely exotic on the nose with crushed blackcurrants, raspberries and peaches, following through to a full-bodied palate with wonderful, refined tannins that are creamy and velvety in texture. Very long and persistent with a caressing finish. Best of the trilogy? 94-95 points"

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