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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 31 
ProducerChâteau Kirwan (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)3448821103499

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2016 and 2031 (based on 10 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Kirwan on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.8 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 24 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by eddieng3388 on 9/17/2014 & rated 91 points: Need to wait longer time to taste
Well balanced, soft tannin , great fragrance (2028 views)
 Tasted by StefanAkiko on 9/2/2014 & rated 91 points: Seconding Umay Ceviker on all accounts.
Tasted at the Chateau. (2047 views)
 Tasted by stayhappy21 on 5/20/2014 & rated 88 points: Tasted this at the Quartet of Bordeaux Masterclass at The Tower Club.

This wines was tasted side-by-side with the 2010 Chateau Kirwan.

Colour of the wine is purple with hints of brown. Generally still closed with relatively higher alcohol content. Lots of dark fruits and oak on the nose.

Style of the wine is full bodied, concentrated and has a clean finish. Palate also experienced dark fruits and berries with a spicy finish.

Rich with earthy minerals. (2715 views)
 Tasted by maxima on 1/31/2014 & rated 91 points: Beau Bordeaux séduisant et ample, jeune certe mais beaucoup plus convainquant que le 2007...effet millésime probablement.
Un nez charmeur sur les cerises et la terre avec un peu de café.
En bouche, assez velouté avec de belles notes d'élevage et de fruits rouges.
Les tannins sont serrées et la finale assez longue et bien persistante. (3354 views)
 Tasted by Umay Ceviker on 1/28/2014 & rated 91 points: Deep ruby with a charming crimson rim. Very deceptive nose early on with prominent coffee aromas as well as bitter chocolate masking the black fruity core and steering me towards the new world in blind tasting. Oak driven now on the palate with firm, even drying tannins that tend to soften in a few hours time. Bitter on the aftertaste. Too early to drink. If you still want to, at least two hours in the decanter will pay off. (3153 views)
 Tasted by strawbo on 4/6/2013: Nice but had it after long day of tasting so did not make detailed notes (4141 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/30/2013 & rated 92 points: Elegant, with good stuffing. A lot of dark chocolate and expresso notes. Slightly stiff, but built to age. Of the couple dozen or so '09s I've had, while this is approachable now, it really will benefit from more time. (3762 views)
 Tasted by METRIK on 1/20/2013 & rated 92 points: As with many 09 chateaux, Kirwan performed nicely.... 4 hour decant... drank over 3 hours.... Soft tannins, with silk complexity.... fruit is held back a bit, but it has the structure to age effortlessly for a very long time.... Nose was fresh and fruity... Overall, this is a great wine that will offer pleasure for a long time through out its aging process. (3913 views)
 Tasted by levesqueph on 12/19/2012 & rated 92 points: Opened it by mistake, it wasn’t entered in my wine cell yet. Just by the smell I Knew I just made error. The feeling of it was just wonderful. It’s a wine that must be tasted. Elegance, finesse it carry’s
You on a feeling that you don’t want to let go. (3562 views)
 Tasted by Erik12903 on 11/5/2012: November releases at Systembolaget with munskänkarna (Näringslivets hus, Stockholm): Unforgiving at this point, tight, dense, there's a lot there, but right now not showing much. For the cellar. Not rating it. (88-92) (4449 views)
 Tasted by jerry6 on 10/31/2012 & rated 91 points: Big berry nose ,smooth for such a young wine can't wait to see how it ages 5 years on . Should be great . Will be picking up more . (2697 views)
 Tasted by cyak on 6/10/2012 & rated 87 points: Full body, moderate tannins, moderate long duration and diverse palate. Touch of berry and peppery as well as chocolate flavors. Also with earth tones. (3882 views)
 Tasted by mcease on 2/25/2012 & rated 93 points: 2009 Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux Tasting. Very fresh on the nose, along with some currents. This wine packs a punch and has a ton of cassis slamming your pallet. Very nice round tannins. Excellent. 92-94 points. (3891 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 2/1/2012 & rated 91 points: The blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and equal parts Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc produced a wine that opens with licorice, cocoa, smoke and aromas of fresh dark berries. The medium/full bodied, wine ends with chocolate covered, black raspberries. (3880 views)
 Tasted by Vino Me on 1/30/2012 & rated 92 points: 2009 Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux Tasting; 1/27/2012-1/31/2012 (Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Chicago, Illinois): 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, a remarkable 13% Petit Verdot and 13% Cabernet Franc. A fine showing. Not as good as the very impressive 2005 though. Blackish red color. Solid acidity. Notes of cassis and crushed grape skin. Tannic. 91-93 points. (4482 views)
 Tasted by Mike410 on 1/28/2012 & rated 89 points: Union Des Grands Crus de Bordeaux Tasting (MONTREAL). Medium color. Pepper, berry nose. Medium body. (3448 views)
 Tasted by lumpyelbow on 1/27/2012: Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2009 (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON): Nice and round. Sandy tannin. (4020 views)
 Tasted by RockinCabs on 1/23/2012 & rated 93 points: Nose: Violets, Blueberry, Blackberry and Truffle. Palate: Ripe and mouth filling wine. Juicy red currant, blackberry jam and spice run across the mid palate. Slightly flashy style. Finish: Layers of blueberry, blackberry and red licorice. There is a nice herb and sweet oak component in the finish as well. (3562 views)
 Tasted by alanr on 1/23/2012 & rated 91 points: UGC 2009 Bordeaux tasting San Francisco: Rich, lush, nice balance, forward, dark red fruit. (3908 views)
 Tasted by Redguy on 1/21/2012 & rated 89 points: 2009 Bordeaux at UGC San Francisco (Bentley Reserve Building, San Francisco): Rich and very ripe, this was certainly tasty but came across as a bit sloppy. Lacked direction and focus. (3938 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 1/21/2012 & rated 91 points: 2009 Bordeaux Shines at 2012 UGC Tasting (Bentley Reserve, San Francisco, California): Dark ruby color; appealing, tart currant nose; plush, tart currant palate; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points (57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot, 13% Cabernet Franc) (4715 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 11/12/2011 & rated 90 points: Nose of red fruit, sous-bois... in the mouth, powerfull tannins, fresh red fruit, average lenght (3988 views)
 Tasted by vespasian on 10/18/2011 & rated 93 points: I like this nose - sous bois and spice, dark fruits; nice elegance on the palate. Good concentration and extract. Lovely, pretty red fruits and good tannic backbone. Looking to be a very good Kirwan. 92-94. (3875 views)

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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/17/2013)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2012, IWC Issue #163
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/18/2011)
(Ch Kirwan Margaux Red) Subscribe to see review text.
The World of Fine Wine, June 2010, Issue #28
(Château Kirwan 3ème Cru) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/31/2010)
(Ch Kirwan Margaux Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Mar/Apr 2010, Issue #26, The 2009 Bordeaux Vintage- Futures’ Glory?
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/21/2012)
(Château Kirwan) Dark ruby color; appealing, tart currant nose; plush, tart currant palate; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points (57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot, 13% Cabernet Franc)  91 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, March 2010
(Chateau Kirwan Margaux) The blend here includes 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, a remarkable 13% Petit Verdot and 13% Cabernet Franc. A real mix and not the only estate in the commune making good use of Petit Verdot in this vintage. A dark wine, with a crimson rim, with slightly dark and stony fruit on the nose. Good fruit follows on the palate, soft and supple, with good and balanced grip beneath. Overall this wine has a very good sense of harmony with depth and as such is very good indeed. Quite atypical of Margaux, but also very good.  17.5-18. points
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Château Kirwan

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Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification


Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.


Read more about Margaux and its wines As with a large part of the Bordeaux vineyards, vines first appeared in Margaux during the Gallo-Roman period.
In 1705 a text mentions Château Margaux . But we have to wait for the end of the eighteenth century and the coming of the earliest techniques in aging for the concept of wines of high quality to develop. The confirmation of this was the famous 1855 classification which recognized 21 Crus Classés in the Margaux appellation. One hundred years later, the Viticultural Federation and the Margaux appellation of controlled origin were born. The appellation, which stretches out over five communes, is actually unique in the Médoc in that it is the only one to contain all the range of wines, as rich as they are vast, from First Great Cru Classé to the Fifths, not forgetting its famous Crus Bourgeois and its Crus Artisans.

In Margaux there is a predominance of Garonne gravel on a central plateau of about 4 miles in length and one and a quarter wide. To the east-south-east, it overlooks the low lying land by the estuary. Its east side is marked by gentle, dry valleys and a succession of ridges.The layer of gravel in Margaux was spread out by a former Garonne in the early Quaternary. Rather large in size, it is mingled with shingle of average dimension and represents the finest ensemble of Günz gravel in the Haut-Médoc. It is on this ancient layer on a Tertiary terrace of limestone or clayey marl that the best Médoc crus lie. All the conditions for successful wine are present : a large amount of gravel and pebbles, poor soil which cannot retain water and deep rooted vines.

It is customary to say that Margaux wines are the "most feminine" in the Médoc, thus stressing their delicacy, suppleness and their fruity, elegant aromas. This does not affect their great propensity for aging; just the opposite, for the relatively thin terroir imparts tannins which give them long life. The other characteristic of these wines which combine an elegant vitality, subtlety and consistency, is their diversity and personality. Over and above the flavour which is their "common denominator", they present an exceptional palette of bouquets, fruity flavours which show up differently from one château to another.

Production conditions (Decree dated August 10 1954)
In order to have the right to the Margaux appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:

- come from the commune of Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Arsac and Labarde, "excluding the land which by the nature of its soil or because of its situation, is unfit to produce wine of this appellation".
- satisfy precise production conditions: grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

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