Chateau Kirwan Margaux 2012
Chateau Kirwan was founded in the late 18th century by Mark Kirwan, a prosperous Irish businessman who combined two small adjoining vineyards in the village of Cantenac, near Margaux, and gave his name to the new creation. He did much to enhance the wine’s reputation, so much so that Kirwan was included in Thomas Jefferson’s book ‘Thomas Jefferson on wine’. The 3rd President praised Kirwan highly, ranking it amongst the greats of Segur and Lynch. It was in 1855 that the classification ranked Kirwan at the top of the third growths of Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux.
Only 18,000 cases (of 6 bottle cases) of the 2012, yields were kept low in order to maximise quality in a year that was not as generous as previous vintages 2011 and 2010. This kept the quality consistent, producing a wonderfully concentrated wine. It is made up of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged for 18 months in equal parts of old and new French oak.
The wine’s deep and brilliant ruby red colour reflects a nose of black and red berries – cherry, black currant, blueberry, enhanced by aromas of spices, pink peppercorns and vanilla. This vintage has a strikingly tactile quality; it starts out mellow, then offers the taste-buds a rich body, with nearly imperceptible tannins and an acidity that perfectly balances out its silky texture. The finish blends hints of perfectly ripened cherry and subtle roasted notes that continue to caress the palate.
Connoisseur or novice, 2012 is a year for all to enjoy.