Château KirwanCharmes de Kirwan Margaux 2017Product code: 9080
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Les Charmes de Kirwan is the second wine of the property, launched in 1993. It is the main wine’s “little brother” and is generally made from the fruit of the youngest vines and parcels of the vineyard that are less gravelly, but sandier. The wine is made highlighting its fruit and maximising suppleness. It can therefore be enjoyed younger.
A rich, deep color that immediately announces the tone of the vintage. It appears as a highly concentrated wine. The rich, complex nose confirms this impression, with a blend of black fruit and spices such as black pepper, cinnamon and vanilla.
In the mouth, the attack is at once fresh and profuse. The sense of volume continues mid-palate while velvety tannins gradually develop, giving the wine its body without ever becoming overbearing. Everything is in perfect balance. A few notes of cocoa and coffee complement he broad aromatic palette right up to the prolonged finale, supported by extremely mature tannins.
While the pleasure it procures may tempt some to drink it young, I suggest waiting a few years. Indeed, everything indicates long and propitious aging.
About the Winery
France is considered to be one of the premium wine-producing regions of the world because some of the vineyards are centuries-old and have a rich history and tradition to live up to. Chateau Kirwan is one such wine estate that has a history dating back to as early as the 17th century. Sir John Collingwood purchased this estate in the 17th century, because of the beauty of the estate located majestically on the Margaux appellation.
When Sir Collingwood’s daughter married Mark Kirwan, the Kirwan Wine Estate underwent significant redevelopment. Over the years, the estate witnessed many changes in management. Currently, the Schyler family is at the helm of the affairs right from the growing the vines till the bottling process.
The vineyards of Chateau Kirwan are spread across 40 hectares. Out of these, 45% is dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% to Merlot, 15% to Cabernet Franc and 10% to Petit Verdot vines. In the entire Margaux appellation, this is one of the few places where you will find an interesting mix of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot vines. The fruits produced here are of high quality and unique intensity. This is because Chateau Kirwan is blessed with fertile soils that are packed with limestone, gravel and sand. Located at 21m above sea level, this appellation is one of the tallest in the Cantenac region. The 40 hectares of vineyards are neatly segregated into 46 individual parcels based on the soil quality to plant close to 8000 vines per hectare.
The old winery of Chateau Kirwan underwent a renovation in 2016 to upgrade new technologies and equipment here. One of the highlights of this renovation is the 37, tulip-shaped vats made out of cement to ferment the wines based on the parcels where they were grown. The co-inoculation process is followed for fermentation, which ensures that the alcoholic and malolactic fermentation of the vines happen simultaneously here, lending more intensity to the wines.