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Date Printed: 11/23/2014
Chateau Kirwan  2008
Chateau Kirwan 2008
(search item no. 103835)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/23/2014: $56.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 reveals a beautiful aromatic complexity that combines fruits such as currants or cherry ripe, and sweet spice and vanilla. The attack is fresh, slightly minty and flexible. The tannins gradually give body and support a long finish that is finely wooded. It is certain that the wine will cellar well to provide more enjoyment in coming years.

Blend: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Petit Verdot

My Notes:

About Château Kirwan:

Château Kirwan is located on the plateau of Cantenac with some of the finest gravelly soil in the Médoc. Kirwan is exquisitely elegant, well-structured and typical of the very finest in the Margaux appellation.

The vines are thinned out in order to encourage maximum concentration and ripeness in the grapes. These are hand-picked and carefully sorted before being crushed. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats and then aged in oak barrels (35% of which are renewed every year) for 18 months.

Château Kirwan takes its name from the Irishman, Mark Kirwan, who owned the estate in the mid 18th century. The Schÿler family has owned Kirwan since 1925.