Run a finger over the barrels in the long towering passageway of the first-year cellar, where the fruit of a vintage and transmission between generations rests. Feel the wood and sense the movements, the position of the hand, the reach of the arm and well-timed, precise execution of the craft behind Kirwan’s great wines.
The central purpose that determines everything at Château Kirwan, is of course making wine. Having benefited from a year of care and attention in the vineyard, every vintage is a revelation ranging between impatience and hope.
The subtle, familiar smell of fresh citrus from the potted mandarin trees lined up on the entrance wall gives way to that of recently cut grass, which is like a lingering invitation to explore the garden.
Moving from the light breeze rustling the leaves of the giant hornbeams and the birdsong to the competing more distant echoes of vineyard work, visitors gradually acclimatise to the estate’s musical accompaniment.