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 Jancisrobinson.com (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.
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.
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