1996, Kirwan

Margaux, Bordeaux, France

(Priced at per bottle)

Score: 88

Drinking Dates: 2006-2025

Critic: Robert Parker

Tasted: 23-Apr-1999

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.