Château Kirwan, Margaux
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.