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Château Durfort-Vivens Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2003

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The 2003 vintage is a powerful wine with an intense crimson colour with hints of violet. Aromas of very ripe fruit and spicy notes of pepper are supported by an elegant minerality. Even though this vintage suffered from the heat, the wine expresses plenty of freshness in the mouth combined with ripe fruit. A fine example of a hot year being able to produce wines that are elegant, ripe and fresh. HARVESTING Harvest dates: - Merlot: 9 to 12 September - Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon: 15 to 24 September Average yield: 29 hl/ha BLENDING - Cabernet Sauvignon: 61% - Merlot: 34% - Cabernet Franc: 5% We began to put the wine in barrels at the beginning of October 2003. This process was completed by the beginning of November. The final blending took place in January 2004. MATURING Château DURFORT-VIVENS 2003 was matured in barrels for fourteen months with 45% new barrels. Fining was carried out with natural egg whites.

Château Durfort-vivens:
Château DURFORT-VIVENS owes its name to the Durfort de Duras, a powerful family in the South-West of France that came to Margaux in the fourteenth century. In 1824, the Viscount of Vivens’ name was added to that of Durfort. The estate was at the height of its fame: the 1844 vintage sold for more than any of the other Second Crus in the Margaux appellation. The quality of the Durfort wine began... Read more
Château DURFORT-VIVENS owes its name to the Durfort de Duras, a powerful family in the South-West of France that came to Margaux in the fourteenth century. In 1824, the Viscount of Vivens’ name was added to that of Durfort. The estate was at the height of its fame: the 1844 vintage sold for more than any of the other Second Crus in the Margaux appellation. The quality of the Durfort wine began to be appreciated at the end of the eighteenth century. Thomas Jefferson, the American ambassador in France and future president, was a wine connoisseur and ranked it directly after Lafite, Latour and Margaux in his fascinating travel diaries. The 1855 classification confirmed his opinion, ranking the wine as a Second Cru Classé. In 1937 the estate was bought by the company owning Château Margaux, whose main shareholder at that time was the Lurton family. In 1961 Lucien Lurton, a great lover and protector of wine-producing terroirs, acquired and restored this exceptional vineyard. In 1992, his son Gonzague inherited the property. He modernized its operation with a view to developing the terroir’s unique qualities. Read less

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Snooth User: colinrchorley
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3.50 5
04/28/2009

Quite refined. Pours thinner than expected and red fruit hints are overwhelmed by the wood, smokey peppery taste soon after. Elegant without breaking the bank.



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The 2003 vintage is a powerful wine with an intense crimson colour with hints of violet. Aromas of very ripe fruit and spicy notes of pepper are supported by an elegant minerality. Even though this vintage suffered from the heat, the wine expresses plenty of freshness in the mouth combined with ripe fruit. A fine example of a hot year being able to produce wines that are elegant, ripe and fresh. HARVESTING Harvest dates: - Merlot: 9 to 12 September - Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon: 15 to 24 September Average yield: 29 hl/ha BLENDING - Cabernet Sauvignon: 61% - Merlot: 34% - Cabernet Franc: 5% We began to put the wine in barrels at the beginning of October 2003. This process was completed by the beginning of November. The final blending took place in January 2004. MATURING Château DURFORT-VIVENS 2003 was matured in barrels for fourteen months with 45% new barrels. Fining was carried out with natural egg whites.

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