1996, Kirwan

Margaux, Bordeaux, France

(Priced at per bottle)


Score: 88

Drinking Dates: 2006-2025

Critic: Robert Parker

Tasted: 23-Apr-1999

Readers should note that this property has significantly improved the quality of its wines, and now deserves a serious look in nearly every vintage. The 1996 Kirwan is a highly-extracted, rich, medium-bodied wine with a deep ruby/purple color, and ripe cassis fruit intermixed with a touch of new oak, prunes, and spice. The wine has come together nicely since I first tasted it from cask. It appears to be an excellent, nearly outstanding effort. There is moderate tannin in the finish, so give this beefy, rich, muscular wine 6-7 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity, 2006-2025.