Not a massive wine but elegant, pure with silken tannins and good length. This shouldbe exceptional value for money. April 2001
Much more impressive than it was as a baby. Deep crimson and particularly good acidity adding real zest rather than tartness to this wine whose fruit is fully ripe. Tannins are ripe too but provide a sappy kick at the end of the palate. A particularly successful Durfort Vivens. Drink 2007-2016
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Good colour. Firm nose. Good Cabernet flavours. Rich and profound. Fullish body. Very good tannins. Very good grip. Lovely fruit. Ripe and complex and classy. Lots of depth and class here. Very good indeed. From 2010+.
One of the oldest château in Bordeaux, this property was originally established in the 12th centuryby the Durfort de Duras family. In 1824, it was purchased by M. de Vivens who consequently addedhis own name. Over the years, it fluttered about various owners like a feather in the wind (including Château Margaux) until it landed in the palm of the Lurton family, Gonzagues Lurton to be exact.
Plump, silky and seductive are the words often used to describe wines from Margaux. Because of their style, they tend to be user friendly and more approachable when young. This is in part due to its terroir which is comprised of the thinnest soil as well as the highest proportion of chunky gravel in all of the Médoc. It drains well but also is it more susceptible to vintage variation. Margaux wines tend to have the highest proportions of Merlot within the core of the Médoc further adding to their ample roundness and openness. Margaux is home to the largest number of classified growths including its namesake first growth, Château Margaux, as well as third growths, Palmer and d'Issan.