Chateau Kirwan is owned by the Schyler family since 1925. Charmes de
Kirwan, the second estate wine of Chateau Kirwan, a 3ème Cru Classé 1855, was introduced in 1993.
The soil is composef of Pyrenean gravel carried along by the Garonne river during quaternary era, 3-6 meters deep. This soil permits natural drainage, creates excellent conditions for deep roots, and grows mainly Cabernet and Petit Verdot. These plots of land are located on the Cantenac plateau whose highest point is “Moulin Robert” at 21 meters (23 yards) above the level of the Gironde countryside. Merlot grapes are planted in sandy and/or clayey gravel soil.
Mechanized and manual labor in the vineyard. The average yield is 45 hectoliters per hectare, with 27 years old vines, and 8,500 plants per hectare (3,441 plants per acre). Fermentation is done by indigenous yeast at approximately 87F. Malolactic fermentation in new oak barrels in a thermo-regulated wine cellar for 40% of the harvest and in stainless steel tanks for other 60%. Aging from 18 to 22 months in French oak barrels (Allier, slightly warmtemperature). One-third of barrels are replaced with new ones every year.
Aromas burst of fruit on the nose, with currant, mineral and flowers. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a fruity, beautiful finish.
Ideal with red meat as beef and duck, or noble mushrooms.