Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/ Cabernet Franc/ Petit Verdot
In 1710, Château Kirwan was bought by Sir John Collingwood. Collingwood was a popular negociant in the Bordeaux wine trade. The daughter of Collingwood married Mark Kirwan. At that point in time, both she and the Margaux property took on a new name. It was while Mark Kirwan oversaw the estate that the vineyards were increased. Mark Kirwan was also responsible for building the château that is in use today.
Charmes de Kirwan, the second wine of Château Kirwan, was introduced in 1993 and has its integral place in the vineyard. The younger sibling of the wines of Château Kirwan, which consists into 4 traditional grape - cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot - benefits from the same technical attention in both, vineyard and fermentation room: vineyard selection, double sorting upon receipt of the crop in the winery, filling of the concrete vats by gravity, gentle vinification process.
The only difference with Château Kirwan lies in the assemblage; Charmes de Kirwan holds a larger proportion of merlot usually coming from medium body parcels mainly planted on sandy gravelly soil with limited clay. This provides a fruity, sweet, supple and round character to the wine. With an aging process in vats and in barrels this wine can be drunk young, with a 10-year precocious maturity peak.