- Château Durfort-Vivens
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc / Petit Verdot
- Case size
Neal Martin, October 2016,
The 2013 Durfort Vivens felt a little green and underripe on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied, chunky in the mouth, but that greenness nags away and dominates the finish. This is just a difficult wine to like I'm afraid.
Decanter, April 2014,
Fine depth of colour and really lovely Margaux fruit with almost velvety depth, lots of class in 2013. Drink: 2017-2028
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.