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Chateau Durfort Vivens Margaux Second Growth, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Château Durfort Vivens, like many Bordeaux wine producers is named after a previous owner. In this case, it was the Durfort de Duras, a well connected family from South West France. Several hundred years later, in 1824, Chateau Durfort took the second part of their name from the owner at the time, the Viscount of Vivens and became Chateau Durfort Vivens.

In those days, the wines of Chateau Durfort Vivens were popular. In fact, the 1844 vintage was priced higher than every other Bordeaux wine in the appellation, except for Chateau Margaux of course.

Thomas Jefferson, the American ambassador to France and the future president of the United States, was a Bordeaux wine connoisseur and ranked it directly after Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Latour and Chateau Margaux in his fascinating travel diaries. The 1855 classification ranked Durfort Vivens as a Second Cru Classé.

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Today the property is owned and managed by the the Lurton family who purchased Durfort Vivens in 1961. Prior to the Lurton era, for a period of time, the wines were made at Chateau Margaux. Gonzague Lurton, who took over the property in 1992, runs the property today. Under his stewardship, Durfort Vivens has been modernized with new cellars and new fermentation vats of both cement and wood in their Left Bank cellars.

Starting with the 2009 vintage, Gonzague has begun to strive to produce a riper and more concentrated style of wine at Durfort Vivens. For the 2009 vintage, the Medoc estate changed the label to reflect a design that was previously used by the estate. Another change took place in 2009 for Chateau Durfort Vivens. They began to experiment with organic farming techniques. According to Gonzague Lurton, they farmed 20% of their Margaux vineyards using organic methods. For the 2013 harvest, the estate became 100% organically farmed. 2013 was the first year Durfort Vivens also moved to 100% Biodynamic farming methods. They will receive their certification for biodynamic and oorganic farming in 2016 from Ecocert and Biodyvin.

The 55 hectare Margaux vineyard of Durfort Vivens is on gravel, clay and sand terroir. The vines are 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc with a vine density that varies from 6,600 to 7,700 vines per hectare. The wine is vinified in a combination of wood and concrete, temperature controlled vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine of Durfort Vivens is aged in about 40% new oak, for an average of 18 months, depending on the quality and character of vintage. There is a second wine which is sold under two names, Vivens and Le Relais de Durfort Vivens. The estate also produces a unique label that is specific for the Chinese market called Jardin de Dufort. In addition, the family also produces Chateau Domeyne in AOC St. Estephe.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Durfort-Vivens

    1. With oak and dark berries, this medium-bodied wine offers more concentration than expected with a slightly dry, spicy finish filled with dark cherries. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château Durfort-Vivens

    1. Elegant in style with medium body, cherries and earth in the profile, this is a lighter, classic style of wine that should drink well on release. 87-90 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château Durfort-Vivens

    1. From an assemblage of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine will be aged in 45% new oak. Medium-bodied with cassis and cherry, the wine is fresh, but short and drying in the red berry finish. 87-89 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château Durfort-Vivens

    1. Durfort Vivens From an assemblage of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, (Which is almost identical to the blend in 2009) this medium bodied, soft, cassis and red plum wine is elegantly styled and should drink well within a few years of release. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château Durfort-Vivens

    1. 2009 Durfort Vivens is medium ruby. Blackberry and cassis scents fill the nose of this medium bodied wine. Although it has fresh, attractive flavors, the wine lacks concentration and structure. Made from a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, this should drink well young. 88/90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  6. 2005 Château Durfort-Vivens

    1. A lighter style of Margaux, with a focus on fresh red fruits, this is medium bodied, soft textured, bright, earthy and ready to drink.

      88 points - Tasted
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  7. 2000 Château Durfort-Vivens

    1. Light ruby in color, this delicate style of Margaux shows spice, earth and tobacco note, ending in a light cherry finish. Already fully mature, this requires drinking.

      86 points - Tasted
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