Kirwan 2020

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Tasting Notes and Scores


Wine Advocate

Drink Date
2025 - 2040

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2020 Kirwan prances out of the glass with pretty scents of redcurrant jelly, black raspberries and Morello cherries, followed by hints of lavender, black tea and dried Provence herbs, with a touch of tree bark. The medium-bodied palate has fantastic tension and fine-grained tannins framing the tightly wound red fruit and savory layers, finishing long and refreshing.


Neal Martin

The 2020 Kirwan, cropped at 33hl/ha and tank-fed via gravity, undergoes an 18- to 22-month élevage. It offers ripe black currant and raspberry coulis scents on the nose, violets and citrus peel emerging with time. There is a seductiveness to these aromatics. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet, ripe entry that disguises the backbone, a very silky texture and traces of tobacco and graphite furnishing the opulent finish. One of the more luxuriant Margaux 2020s.


Michael Schuster

(51% CS, 28% M, 14% CF, 7% PV; 14% ABV; 50% new)
Dense, discreet, blackcurrant plus a subtle minerality; fairly full, but contained and elegant in form, fresh in acidity, very fine in tannin; freshly ripe red fruit in flavor, long, close-grained, and graceful, linear, refined, very persistent and discreetly fragrant to finish. The much softer winemaking here recently has produced impressive results. This is a great success, very Margaux, very beautiful. 2027–37+.


James Suckling

Extremely exotic on the nose with crushed blackcurrants, raspberries and peaches, following through to a full-bodied palate with wonderful, refined tannins that are creamy and velvety in texture. Very long and persistent with a caressing finish. Best of the trilogy?


Jancis Robinson

Full bottle 1,355 g. Cask sample taken 6 April. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot.
Black core with purplish rim. Intense blackcurrant aroma and a lovely lift from all that Cab Franc – lively dark-red fruits. Juicy, bright and yet well structured. Complete, harmonious and fresh. Not a blockbuster but all in proportion. (JH)


Antonio Galloni

The 2020 Kirwan is a pretty tough, brooding wine. It will be interesting to see if the searing tannins soften during élevage. There is good depth to the fruit, but I am not sure if that will be enough to balance the tannins. Red purplish berries, gravel, smoke and grilled herbs linger. This is an especially potent, brooding style.


Jeff Leve

With a gorgeous depth of color, licorice, tobacco leaf, boysenberry, black plum, espresso and floral nuances come to the surface easily. Silky, refined, sweet and vibrant, the fruit lingers on the palate all the way through to the earth, spice and cocoa packed finish. This is already quite expressive and should be just great with 6 years or so of aging. 92-94


Jeb Dunnuck

The deep purple 2020 Château Kirwan offers a rocking bouquet of jammy blackberries, blueberries, violets, cedary oak, and sappy flowers. Playing in the medium to full-bodied, rich, concentrated end of the spectrum, on the palate it shows the more focused and elegant style of the vintage, with wonderful tannins and impressive purity of fruit. This is another strong showing by Château Kirwan that will benefit from 4-6 years of bottle age and have more than two decades of longevity.



Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)

Classic and powerful with plenty of architectural features giving angles and walls as the wine stretches out. This has confidence and juice, but lacks exuberance. The tannins are pretty high, there is some chewiness, a little austere, it will benefit from softening over ageing. 7% Petit Verdot completes the blend. A yield of 33hl/ha.

Drinking Window 2028 - 2042