A rather late ripening variety, it accounts for 45% of the Kirwan vineyard and thrives best on gravel-based soil, the first to absorb the spring warmth. Although fickle in yield, it gives the wine its structure, forming small, thick-skinned grapes. As it ages, it reveals superbly delicate aromas and a marvelous complexity.
Merlot comprises 30% of the Kirwan vineyard and thrives on more varied soils. In the temperate climate of our region, Merlot grows well on sandy or clay-based land, colder or more humid. It can also grow on gravelly soil, becoming more delicate, whereas on clay it produces a more potent wine.
It is often more accessible than Cabernet Sauvignon when young, and like its neighbor it grows finer with age for decades.
Yield : 50 Hl/Ha - Château Kirwan - 7600 cases - Blending : _ 44% Cabernet Sauvignon _ 32 % Merlot _ 14 % Cabernet-franc _ 10 % Petit Verdot
This great wine is made for cellaring. It is slowly following its evolutionary path. It oscillates between periods of closure and openness during which one discovers a vast aromatic palette filled with a mix of black fruits, the scents of woody underbrush, and hints of minerals. The tannins have a strong presence and the acidity provokes a fresh finish in the mouth. Its anticipated maturity is without a doubt in 15 to 25 years.