Château Kirwan 2017

Bordeaux
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20 in stock

91 Points - Jane Anson (Decanter.com)

This is well extracted, with dark berry fruits, attractive tobacco leaf and charcoal notes. It has that same savoury frame that so many from Margaux have this year, and the fruit character is not bursting with generosity but is still expressive and lyrical. It really does offer something for those looking for a more sculpted wine. Medium term drinking. Drinking Window 2024 - 2038.

89-90 Points - James Suckling

Some berry and sweet-tobacco character. Medium body, fresh fruit and a firm tannin backbone. Bright acidity.

Decanter

Score: 91

This is well extracted, with dark berry fruits, attractive tobacco leaf and charcoal notes. It has that same savoury frame that so many from Margaux have this year, and the fruit character is not bursting with generosity but is still expressive and lyrical. It really does offer something for those looking for a more sculpted wine. Medium term drinking. Drinking Window 2024 - 2038.

Decanter

James Suckling

Score: 89-90

Some berry and sweet-tobacco character. Medium body, fresh fruit and a firm tannin backbone. Bright acidity.

James Suckling

Jeb Dunnuck

Score: 90-92

The 2017 Château Kirwan is another charming, high quality Margaux. Possessing terrific purity in its blue fruits, charcoal, graphite, and obvious minerality, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, a fresh, vibrant texture, and a ripe, yet present tannin. Given its purity of fruit and overall charm, it should be drinkable with 2-3 years of bottle age and cruise for 15 years or more.

Jeb Dunnuck

Julia Harding MW

Score: 16.5

Healthy cherry red. Sweet-smelling damson fruit. Darkly fragrant. Dry, chalky texture but smooth and in harmony if lacking a spark on the mid palate. Juicy finish. 

Julia Harding MW

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Score: 90-92

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Kirwan has a warm blackberries and black raspberries nose with hints of kirsch, roses and sandalwood. The palate is medium-bodied with plush tannins and plenty of freshness supporting the elegant fruit, finishing perfumed and very pretty.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Neal Martin

Score: 89-91

The 2017 Kirwan has a slightly smudged bouquet that does not quite deliver the detail of its peers: raspberry preserve and crushed strawberry at first, then light sous-bois and smoke aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly angular tannin, not as cohesive as I would have liked although I appreciate the cracked black pepper note on the aftertaste. This is a château that I feel can produce great Margaux however, the 2017 does not possess the nuance and complexity of the best examples from the appellation.

Neal Martin