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Château Kirwan, Margaux

2005 / 750 ml.


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Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

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Red Wine
Chateau Kirwan
750 ml.
Item #:
12 bottles

Chateau Kirwan, Margaux  2005 / 750 ml.

Ratings Key:

  • SP Wine Spectator
  • WE Wine Enthusiast
  • VN Vinous
  • RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
  • ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • OT Other Review Service
  • Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
  • Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
  • * as rated by our staff

Published Reviews

93 pts.: Mar 31, 2008

Has loads of coffee, blackberry and cigar box aromas, turning to crushed blackberry. Full-bodied, with big, chewy tannins and an aftertaste of vanilla, blackberry and espresso. Mouthpuckering. Very concentrated and structured for this wine. Best after 2015.

93 pts.: 6/1/2008

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.

92–94 pts.: Jun 30, 2006

[Barrel tasting] I like the mineral, lead pencil and berry aromas to this. Full-bodied, very silky and refined. Long finish. Compact and tight, with lovely structure.

92–94 pts.: 6/20/2006

[Barrel tasting] There is excellent balance here: the fruit is dark and opulent, but also fresh from acidity, piled with firm but generous tannins. A wine with excellent potential.

92+ pts.: 1st Apr 2008

I remember tasting a number of Kirwans from the 19th century that had held up surprisingly well 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.

91–94 pts.: 1st Apr 2007

Although significantly more closed than it was a year ago, the 2005 Kirwan is unquestionably the most impressive offering this estate has produced in over one-hundred years. The dense purple color is accompanied by aromas of graphite, black currant jam, espresso roast, truffles, asphalt, and subtle toasty oak. Full-bodied, powerful, and backward, with high tannin, good acidity, and a superb finish, this Medoc should only be purchased by patient connoisseurs. Anticipated maturity: 2015–2030+.

89–91 pts.: May/Jun 2007

Good full ruby-red. Primary aromas of blackberry, violet, mint and licorice. Sweet and densely packed, with good mineral firmness to the chewy black fruit flavors. No shortage of flavor or breadth here. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins, with ripe acids carrying the wine’s fruit. This is more harmonious than it appeared to be from barrel a year ago. Enologist Michel Rolland was responsible for putting together the 2005 blend but ended his relationship with Kirwan prior to the 2006 harvest.

: July 1, 2008

Finely perfumed; coffee, chocolate, spice and ripe plum notes. tightly wound, deep yet still offers Margaux joie de vivre. From 2016.