Nathalie Schÿler

Château Kir­wan, Mar­gaux

Bordeaux Wine Trip - - Bordeaux Wine Routes Portrait -

To what ex­tent do wines from Mar­gaux- and those from the Mé­doc as a whole- oc­cupy a spe­cial place in the Bordeaux wine canon? NS:

Due to its lo­ca­tion, be­tween the Gironde Es­tu­ary and the At­lantic Ocean, the Mé­doc is a penin­sula that ben­e­fits from a benev­o­lent mi­cro­cli­mate that is con­ducive to grow­ing vines. The ge­o­log­i­cal for­ma­tion of the earth around here makes for a sandy soil that makes these wines ex­cep­tional. The Mé­doc is also dis­tin­guished by its his­tory; wine has been de­vel­oped here since the 12th cen­tury and is con­stantly be­ing per­fected, al­ways look­ing for the per­fect blend. The al­lure of this ap­pel­la­tion comes both from its wine and from its cul­tural her­itage; the castles are par­tic­u­larly im­pos­ing, and are large enough to have shel­tered whole vil­lages in their time.

Is the Mé­doc the nat­u­ral place to run a fam­ily es­tate? NS:

We are in­cred­i­bly lucky to run a fam­ily busi­ness here, not only due to the in­cred­i­ble her­itage of this area, but also due to its hu­man as­pect. The spirit of our work con­sists

In the heart of a re­gion that is steeped in tra­di­tion, Château Kir­wan uses modern tools to pass on an­ces­tral knowl­edge. Nowa­days, Nathalie Schÿler runs this fam­ily-owned es­tate with her brother and sis­ter and has man­aged to trans­form this Grand Cru Classé into a cen­tral fig­ure in Bordeaux’s wine tourism.

in de­vel­op­ing what has been done be­fore us and pass­ing it on. We use new tech­nolo­gies to at­tract a large and var­ied clien­tele and then to open their minds to the world of wine. Nearly 20 years since its open­ing, the num­ber of vis­i­tors to our es­tate has gone from 500 to 7000 every year.

What does the es­tate of­fer to the many vis­i­tors who come out to meet you? NS: With a view to ex­tend­ing the Cité du Vin ex­pe­ri­ence, we of­fer vis­i­tors the chance to dis­cover an es­tate that is out of the or­di­nary. Thanks to dig­i­tal tablets and other screens, the vis­i­tor is plunged into the his­tory of the prop­erty in a fun and in­ter­ac­tive way. The guided tour of the cel­lars can be fol­lowed by a wine tast­ing and there is even the chance to dine here. We also of­fer small groups the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the “visit of their dreams”, which ends in a tast­ing of a vin­tage of their choice in a wine vault in our un­der­ground cel­lars.

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