Château Kirwan Winery Guide
Château Kirwan, like so many of the excellent properties in the Margaux appellation in Médoc, Bordeaux, has known some good and not-so-good times. Its original name was Domaine de Lassalle. In the eighteenth century, it was brought by John Collingwood, a particularly enterprising local merchant. His daughter married the dashing Irish merchant Mark Kirwan, so the name Château Kirwan was born. Indeed, Kirwan is known as one of the Irish wine geese estates, and Irish wine lovers regularly make a pilgrimage here. The former US President Thomas Jefferson even visited the property in the 18th century – he was reportedly very impressed with the wines!
However, this golden era was sadly not to last. The estate received its fair share of hardships before emerging triumphant in the late 20th century. The Château was seized in 1789 during the French Revolution, although Mark subsequently regained control under Napoleon’s rule. Then came the economic depression of the early 20th century, which hit the property’s fortunes hard. Phylloxera, the louse which destroys the roots of vines, had also arrived – not to mention the 1st World War. By now, the estate was due some good fortune. Enter the Schyler family.
The Schylers are a well-established family of wine merchants who brought the Château in 1925, principally as a country residence. And a very beautiful property is also appreciated for its gardens. Over the years, they have carefully restored the wine estate and vineyards to its former glory. Château Kirwan now produces some of Margaux’s most powerful, elegant, and rich wines. The estate enjoys a privileged position in the town, nestled amongst the trees with a fairy tale façade and beautiful banqueting rooms. Visitors always receive a warm welcome! Margaux produces some of the world’s most famous and elegant red wines; its Château is a must to visit for any wine lover, and for our VIP clients, we can organize unforgettable experiences here at Kirwan.
Château Kirwan (Grand Vin)40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, 18 months in new French oak (40%).
Les Charmes de Kirwan (second wine of the property)40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot. 35% of the harvest is bottled as the second wine. Less concentration and power than the first wine.
Facts & Figures
AOC Margaux / Third Growth
Area under Vine
Age of vines
Oak barrel origin
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot
Grape Varieties Used by the Winery
Cabernet Franc grape is a close relative of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and is the principal blending grape used in Bordeaux.Find out more
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Merlot is the most cultivated grape in Bordeaux and closely related to Cabernet FrancFind out more
Petit Verdot is a full-bodied red wine grape varietal used in classic Bordeaux blends and originates in southwestern FranceFind out more
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