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94 Insider Points

REVIEWS

A Powerhouse Bordeaux Exclusive
"I mean it when I say you won't find this wine anywhere else. We sourced this exclusively for our audience, and as you'll remember from our other Private Selection releases, they have each been stellar wines in their own rights. Hailing from one of the top appellations of the region, the Saint-Estephe is one we've been holding to for a few months, waiting for the opportune moment of release. That time... is now. 

A rich nose of red cherry, tobacco and fresh-oiled leather. The palate is medium-bodied, showing notes of cassis, black raspberry, lychee and cigar box with a clay minerality. Finishes with a savory earthiness. Drinking between 2018-2025. A great wine to cellar. " 94 Points - JZ Sept '18

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Merlot 50% - Cabernet Sauvignon 45% Cabernet Franc 4% - Petit Verdot 1%
  • APPELLATION
    Saint-Estèphe AOC, Bordeaux, France
  • ALCOHOL
    12.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • FERMENTATION
    Traditional in stainless steel tanks with temperature control
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    6 months in barrels

Suffice it to say, we were over-the-moon when we found Château Kirwan, a Grand Cru Classé winery in Margaux. We became obsessed with getting their wines into the States, including their line of Private Selection wines, sourced from top producers around Bordeaux. This is a wine from within the commune of St. Estephe—home to Ch. Cos d’Estournel and Ch. Montrose along with a host other incredible (and highfalutin) estates.

Vinified and matured by famous estates all within the premier commune of St. Estephe, this rich and full-bodied red is one of our first Direct Imports from this coveted A.O.C. The wine is velvety smooth and rich with an impressive backbone of now fully integrated tannin. The lucky grapes that go into this wine’s making (predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) are planted on the same limestone-rich terroir as those star chateaux mentioned above. But thanks to our Direct Import and our new friends at Schröder et Schÿler (one of Bordeaux’s most respected négociants) this one requires no pomp or special circumstances—just a corkscrew and a wine glass!

· The Wine Advocate rates the 2012 vintage “Outstanding” for this part of Bordeaux and recommends drinking reds from 2012 now and over the next five years.

· Schröder et Schÿler has been in the business since the mid 1700s, at first as a trading company crossing the Atlantic with spices and indigo and, eventually, wine!

· In the 1800s the company acquired enduring contracts with the owners of Grand Cru chateaux in Bordeaux, allowing Schröder et Schÿler to purchase wine in barrels and bottle them under their proprietary name.

· Today the merchant house manages a state-of-the-art facility offering ideal conditions for storage and eventual packaging of these precious wines.

 

TASTING NOTES 

From the winery:

Highly expressive on the nose, with ripe black fruit aromas. Very rich and full-bodied, the wine is velvety and caressing. You will find a lot of character in this wine and will enjoy its long-lasting aromatic flavours. 

ORIGIN
This wine comes from the highest part of the famous Saint-Estèphe appellation. The vines are planted on pebbles and gravel called “graves”. Each wine in this range is a specially sourced "one-off " bargain parcel from a single estate, selected for its high quality and generally from a famous classified growth. Given
the special origin and nature of these wines they cannot always be followed from one vintage to another.

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the winery:

Specialising in the selection of Grands Crus and small châteaux, the SCHRÖDER & SCHŸLER wine trading company has been writing its history since 1739 and is a proven expert in winemaking and brand creation.

Founded nearly 280 years ago, SCHRÖDER & SCHŸLER is one of the oldest family-owned houses specialised in the wine trade in Bordeaux. Yann Schÿler, the current director, is today the 8th generation of the family to lead the company.

The Schÿler family is also the owner of Château Kirwan (Margaux - Grand Cru Classé of 1855).
Just like the trading house, this prestigious château is one of the very few large properties remaining in family hands.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

This red blend with taste great alongside any rich meat dish. Try it with sirloin steak with grilled onions or a delicious braised lamb shoulder.