"A third-growth, this intense, powerful and concentrated wine should play to its strengths in a vintage such as 2005, with its enormous tannin and density. This is one of the more backward of the 2005s, quite masculine, tannic and bold, with a deep ruby/purple color, lots of spice, a touch of wood and new oak as well as a medium to full-bodied, rather backward, tannic mouthfeel. It’s all there, and the wine certainly has plenty of concentration, but it needs another 3-5 years of cellaring. It should drink well for at least a quarter of a century."
Robert Parker 90+ Punkte
"I remember tasting a number of Kirwans from the 19th century that had held up surprisingly well for over 100 years. While the 2005 will probably not last that long, it may be one of the finest wines this estate has made in the last fifty years. This brilliant, full-bodied, powerful, broodingly backward Margaux exhibits a dense purple hue along with notes of charcoal, licorice, blackberries, and graphite. Exceptionally concentrated, possessing high tannin, zesty acidity, and a 45-second finish, it should be purchased only by patient connoisseurs. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035."
Robert Parker 92+ Punkte
"Although significantly more closed than it was a year ago, the 2005 Kirwan is unquestionably the most impressive offering this estate has produced in over one-hundred years. The dense purple color is accompanied by aromas of graphite, black currant jam, espresso roast, truffles, asphalt, and subtle toasty oak. Full-bodied, powerful, and backward, with high tannin, good acidity, and a superb finish, this Medoc should only be purchased by patient connoisseurs. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+."
Robert Parker 91-94 Punkte