MARGAUX, Chateau Kirwan 2012


Product Description

The 35 hectare vineyard of Chateau Kirwan is the same size today as it was when it was awarded Third Growth status in the 1855 Classification of the Medoc. The vineyard of Chateau Kirwan is planted to 45% Cabernet Sauvignon , 30% Merlot , 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot . This shows an increase of Cabernet Sauvignon and a decrease of Cabernet Franc in the vineyard. The terroir of Chateau Kirwan is gravel, sand and limestone soils. The terroir of Chateau Kirwan is located on one of the highest points in the Margaux appellation. On average, the vines are close to 30 years of age. However, they have old vines, some of which are close to 60 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 8,000 vines per hectare.

In 2015 Chateau Kirwan completed a renovation of their wine making facilities. They replaced their old stainless steel vats with new, concrete tanks. At Chateau Kirwan, they prefer to co-inoculation in the fermentation process, which means that both the alcoholic and malolactic fermentation take place at the same time in vat. The wine is aged in 33% new, French oak barrels for between 16 and 18 months, depending on the vintage before bottling. Since 1993, the property started producing a second wine, Les Charmes de Kirwan. On average, Chateau Kirwan produces close to 16,000 cases a year of wine.

Focused on red berries, flowers and oak, this forward styled, medium bodied, elegant, soft textured, early drinking wine is ready to go.