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As always, this estate has produced a blockbuster style of Margaux in 2010, with the more masculine side of the appellation providing density, power, big body, loads of fruit, extract and richness. This wine is powerful and concentrated, but by no means excessively extracted. Dense purple, muscular, deep and impressive, it is a wine that allows for no compromise among wine lovers. Forget it for 6-10 years and drink it over the following 20-40 years.
Keep in mind that in the 19th century, Kirwan was making some of the longest-lived wines of Margaux, so it is nothing new to see this property produce big, blockbuster reds that require considerable patience from their prospective purchasers.
The history of Château Kirwan is one of lineage and transmission. The estate has been built up from generation to generation since the 18th century, beginning as often is the case with a marriage, that in 1760 of an Irish shopkeeper, Mark Kirwan and the daughter of Sir John Collingwood, “Lord of Lasalle ”, an English merchant, who was one of the first Bordeaux negociants. The bridegroom gave his name to the vineyard he created by adding the Ganet estate to the Lasalle property, both of which were located close to Cantenac village. Under his management, the property flourished and the wine from “Quirouen” was classified as a “second rank Grand Cru” in Thomas Jefferson’s work on Bordeaux wines, written at the time he was United States Ambassador to France.