Chateau Kirwan 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France

$79.99
Item No. 93277
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS93
  • WE93
  • RP92
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2011
  • WE95
  • JS90
  • 2007
  • RP92
  • WE91
  • WS89
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Winemaker's Notes

Chateau Kirwan 2005 has loads of coffee, blackberry and cigar box aromas, turning to crushed blackberry. This wine is full-bodied, with big, chewy tannins and an aftertaste of vanilla, blackberry and espresso. It's mouthpuckering and very concentrated and structured.

Critical Acclaim

"Aromas of cedar, spice box, incense, burning embers, black currants, and new wood jump from the glass of this full-bodied, structured effort. Behaving more like a Pauillac than a Margaux, it is a long, concentrated, powerful wine meant for long aging. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025."
93 Points

"Dense and dark, this is an extracted wine with polished fruit. What stops it going over the edge is the delicious sweet fruits, the dense structure and the elegance that gives it shape and aging potential."
93 Points

"I remember tasting a number of Kirwans from the 19th century that had held up surprisingly well for over 100 years. While the 2005 will probably not last that long, it may be one of the finest wines this estate has made in the last fifty years. This brilliant, full-bodied, powerful, broodingly backward Margaux exhibits a dense purple hue along with notes of charcoal, licorice, blackberries, and graphite. Exceptionally concentrated, possessing high tannin, zesty acidity, and a 45-second finish, it should be purchased only by patient connoisseurs. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035."
92 Points

"Bright, deep red. Expressive, full-blown aromas of currant, coffee and mocha. Sweet, round and ripe, with sexy flavors of ripe berries and licorice. Quite full for Margaux, and finishing with sweet tannins and lovely lingering fruit."
91 Points

"At this point a wine of somewhat mixed messages, Kirwan is a ripe and fairly outgoing effort that is long on creamy oak and concentrated cassis and blackberry fruit. At the same time, it is limited by its harsh and fairly abrupt tannins, and, while deep enough to offer good aging potential, it clearly requires at least eight to ten years of patience."
90 Points

Learn About Chateau Kirwan Map ItMap It

Chateau Kirwan is located on the plateau of Cantenac with some of the finest gravelly soil in the Medoc. 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. ...

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Learn About Margaux

(mahr-GOH) Silky Smooth Soft, elegant, feminine… these are words often used to describe the wines of Margaux. The commune is different from its northern neighbors of the Haut-Medoc in both geography and style. Home to the name-sharing premier cru, Margaux lays a few marshlands south of St.-Julien. Notable Facts As in other Medoc appellations, Cabernet Sauvignon leads the...

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Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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