Château Kirwan was built in the late 18th century by the illustrious Irish businessman Mark Kirwan.
He combined two small neighbouring vineyards in the village of Cantenac and gave his name to the new entity. The Godard family acquired Château Kirwan around 1870. They expanded the vineyards and designed beautiful grounds and gardens with a fish pond and rose arbour. Accustomed to selling the estate’s wine at their wine and spirits firm (Schröder & Schÿler), the Schÿler family, originally from the Hanseatic League and based in Bordeaux since 1739, purchased the estate in 1926.
In 2007, following major investments, family heirs Sophie, Nathalie and Yann Schÿler developed their wine expertise with support from the estate’s managing director, the experienced oenologist Philippe Delfaut. They installed a new vat room in 2015 (featuring 37 cement vats shaped like a tulip) and large contemporary cellar to showcase the terroir and optimise precision winemaking methods.
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.
Second wine: Charmes de Kirwan
Area Under Vine:
|Soil:||Pyrenean gravel on the Cantenac|
|Grape Varieties:||47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot|
|Ageing:||18 to 21 months in Frence oak barrels- New barrels: 33%|
|Second wine:||Charmes de Kirwan|
|Contact||Château Kirwan 33460 CANTENAC