Chateau Kirwan 2000
Dark ruby colour, almost opaque; tight rim. Earthy bouquet- very Cantenac and Brane- with delicate dry flowers, red and black fruits. The palate gives adequate acidity and shows ripe black fruits. The structure is quite extensive & displays tamed yet big tannins. Alcohol is in balance. And there is particular richness showing one of the best 3rd Growth—Michel Rolland style: fruit fixed with micro-oxygenation, round, woody, beefy, leathery, big and powerful. ABV 13%; big though. Maybe a little coarse for the demanding.
Intended to be a complex wine with a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and a dash of Petit Verdot.
Great scores, for example, WE94, who wrote. 'The renaissance of Kirwan, with the consultancy of Michel Rolland, continues with this ripe, forward, concentrated wine. The tannins are sweet and soft, with a solid, chunky structure that promises a long life. The finish displays balanced new wood flavors and a smooth polish.' Also 92 Falstaff.