Opened at 16 degree Celsius at this wine was instantly singing. Very clean and classical left bank Bordeaux nose, cassis, cedar wood, finest tabaco, some earthy, green tea and floral notes. On the palate a fresh, well balanced, medium bodied, classical Bordeaux with realy nice tannins. This wine is drinking so well, with 13% of Alc, beautiful acidity and very classical Bordeaux left bank flavours, black an red berries, cassis, a little bit of tobacco and cedar wood. At the moment so much fun to drink.
This bottle was mixed in with a blind tasting of five 95+ RP cab/cab blends. The bottles were double decanted 5 hours before drinking.
The Kirwan held its own next to some real powerhouses. It still has good color. There is a modest, but nice old world nose. Easy to drink, well integrated red. The tannins are still holding up well. On the palate, I got licorice, underbrush, earth and cedar.
Welcome Back Kelvin! (Kelvin and Joyce's Place, Bishan): An enjoyable Bordeaux. This had a very classic left-bank nose, with tobacco and cedar wood wrapped around ripe aromas of cassis, roasted capsicum and a trail of tea leaves. The palate had a soft plush feel to it, especially on the cassis and blackberry-led attack and the more floral midpalate. It was rather ripe, but nicely balanced by juicy acidity. Midweight, nothing absolutely complex or special, but very satisfyingly enjoyable. It had a nicely gentle finish too, with some puffs of tobacco and smoke and a bit of herb riding on a light layer of slightly powdery tannins. Very decent; drinking nicely now - a pleasant surprise when it was unveiled as a Kirwan.
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(Chateau Kirwan Margaux) A deep colour. Quite gravelly on the nose, quite perfumed, very clearly Margaux. Full palate, not creamy but it has flesh, and has style and an attractive balance. Nicely integrated, a little firm, especially on the finish. Firm tannins here. This should provide good drinking in 4-6 years time. Showing better than my tasting in 2004.
(Chateau Kirwan Margaux) Charming nose, of soft, nutty black fruits. Showing good structure, leading through to a noticeably tannic endpalate. Cherry fruit, correct acidity. Seems more Merlot-dominate in character, and I prefer the more classic 1998 - an underrated left-bank vintage.
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