Chateau Kirwan 2002 (review)

89 – 92 points

5th growth, Margaux, Bordeaux. 13%

Ultra dark, tight knit, dense, muscular wine. The intensity and youth of the wine overshadows any Margaux elegance it might have. This is more weighty than most Margaux. A pristine, shiny wine with savoury, vegemite characters.

In weight and single mindedness it seems like a Pauillac, but without the strength of blackcurrent flavour.

Not for drinking now, hard to assess (hence the range in points). Kirwan appears to have bounced back to a quality level commensurate with the historic reputation.

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