A big, powerful Margaux that should age for 20+ years, this inky purple-colored wine exhibits notes of spring flowers intermixed with blackberries, raspberries and cassis. Some lead pencil shavings and toasty oak are also present in this powerful yet at the same time very pure, textured, full-throttle Kirwan. It needs about 5-7 years of cellaring and will be among the longest-lived wines of the vintage.
Author: Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
Blackish purple. Relatively simple nose. Lots of ripe fruit, gently handled, but without that much personality at this stage. Competent but not thrilling.
Author: Jancis Robinson
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88
Bright red-ruby. Wild meaty nose lifted by a floral element. Sweet, fine-grained and fairly generous in the mouth, with plenty of baby fat to its dark fruit flavors. But ultimately a wine of moderate richness and concentration. The persistent but slightly dry-edged finish shows a sweet/sour quality.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2012
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
Ripe and mouthfilling, but with fresh acidity harnessing the core nicely, keeping the dark plum, blackberry and sage notes wound up, while lilac, sandalwood and black tea fill in on the finish. Shows lovely mouthfeel.