Estate: Château Durfort-Vivens is located in the communes of Margaux, Cantenac and Soussans on the left bank of the Gironde in Bordeaux, and is classified as Second Grand Cru Classé en 1855. The Château takes its name from two families; the Durfort de Duras family, who founded the estate in the 14th century and the Viscount of Vivens who’s name was added in 1824. In 1937 the the estate was sold to a company whose largest shareholder was the winemaking Lurton family. By 1961 Lucien Lurton acquired and restored the property and vineyards, today his son Gonzague heads the estate.
Winemaking: Vineyards are located on hilltops with “particularly poor gravel” soil. It is this soil that allows for “a full expression of the finesse and silkiness of the tannins, resulting in the freshness and elegance characteristic of a great Margaux”. Sustainable viticulture is practiced, along with a minimum use of pesticides. Aged in oak barrels for 16 months. Vivens is the second wine of the estate. Typically, second wines are made from younger vines then the first label, or even leftover, unfinished wine intended for the first label.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, oak bark with hints of menthol and earth. Herbs, gravelly minerals and silky tannins wrap around a dark fruit core [think black cherry, plum and blackberry]. The fruitiness rings true thru the finish, enveloping hints of rosemary and dark chocolate.
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot
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Rated 90-92 points by Wine Enthusiast
Rated 90 points Wine Spectator
Rated 89 points by Wine Advocate