Charmes de Kirwan, AOC Margaux, Medoc, Gironde, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France, 2012
This wine: the second wine of Chateau Kirwan, a third level house of the unofficial and anachronistic 1855 classification, made from younger vines not included in the grand vin; lot No. LC12153, a blend of 71% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, 7% cabernet franc with petit verdot; coated natural cork closure, 13% abv, Ann et Vin, £24 (12/16)
Last tasted 28/12/16
Consumer tasting note: an iffy left bank Bordeaux, this is why I remain reluctant to buy more than the odd bottle from here. Nevertheless this wine is drinkable, with a quite complex fully developed nose of black berries, smoke, cedar, black liquorice and warm candle wax; medium bodied with commonplace intensity and flavours of black berries, crushed almond, and a tad too much oak. A medium length. Drink now –
RTD, but will keep – Wait. Decant for an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [a tiny quantity of fine sediment and a small quantity of tartrate crystals].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of a whiff of blackcurrant edged with meaty, fatty, and spicy nuances, blackberry, smoke, ripe red cherry, leaf humus, beeswax, a touch of green pepper-herbaceous, cedar, black liquorice, warm candle wax with a slightly rancid edge to it.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of black currant boiled sweets, an edge of richer black cherry, crushed almond, oaky, hint of black liquorice. A medium length, with a black berried edged with black liquorice and oak finish, with a slight bitterness on the end and a slightly drying moderate grip.
Quality: good, well-balanced fresh(ish) acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol, seems a little stretched in mid-palate though; a decent intensity throughout, with slightly lesser concentration; showing a moderate complexity, with evidence of exposure to oak and time in bottle, with oak a little obtrusive on the finish, and some bitterness; finishes medium.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – a sound structure, fully developed, without the qualities to consider further cellaring, drink up now. I do not think that this wine is ‘too old’, but did wonder whether there was a little low-key brett. [I draw a similar conclusion on day 2].