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The 2001 Kirwan is nearly as good as their splendid 2000. A dense purple color is accompanied by a bouquet of barbecue smoke, graphite, black cherries, creme de cassis, and a hint of espresso. Full-bodied and layered, with outstanding richness, purity, and sweetness on the palate, this firmly structured, well-delineated, impressively made, full throttle effort should hit its peak in 2-3 years, and last for 12-15. It will be one of the longest lived of the 2001 Medocs.
|Score: 90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004|
|Score: 89/91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003|
|Score: 87/88+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002|
|Score: 89/91||James Suckling, Wine Spectator, March 2002|
Very deep glowing dark crimson. Generous nose for a 2001 with pretty massive tannins underneath. Wait for quite a while for this – a hint of singed flavour but pretty nice wine. Classic claret build – for the long term.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2007|
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