In 1710, Chateau 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 was in charge of the estate that the vineyards were increased. Mark Kirwan was also responsible for the building the chateau that is in use today. Elegant and refined, Kirwan is one of Margaux's star performers; fragrant and beautifully aromatic, lovely balance and very nicely judged oak.
The 2019 Kirwan offers a quintessential Margaux bouquet with vivid black and blue fruit laced with crushed violets, a sensual and generous nose that will please many. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy rounded tannins, one of the texturally creamiest within the Margaux appelation. I feel it just shaves away some tension and grip on the finish. This will be a thoroughly pleasurable Kirwan. 91-93 Neal Martin
Grapes: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon/35% Merlot/10% Cabernet Franc/5% Petit Verdot
AREA UNDER VINE 37 hectares
TOTAL PRODUCTION 100,000 bottles
SOIL Pyrenean gravel on the Cantenac plateau and sandy-gravel on a clay subsoil
GRAPE VARIETIES 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot
AGEING 18 to 21 months in French oak barrels - New barrels: 33%
SECOND WINE Charmes de Kirwan