Château Durfort-vivens

+33 (0) 5 57 88 31 02 MARGAUX ,
France

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 Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Petit Verdot

    History of the grape: It is thought Petit Verdot (“little green one”) predates Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, as far...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  •    I just posted almost all of my notes on Bordeaux 2012 on my ... vintages! Turned out to be Chateau Durfort Vivens 1933! Wow! Not even a super vintage from that decade, but at that time the owners of this second growth were making very good wine, said our host Olivier Bernard, owner of Domaine de Chevalier. It was darn good indeed. Good thin... Read More

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  • Château Durfort Vivens En Primeur 2009

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  • If I were anywhere near New York on the 29th I'd be going to this event. Great wine, interesting winemakers, and lots of old posters, art nouveau or otherwise. Why is it I'd rather have one of them on my wall then a Flash banner ad from the Web?Price seems like more than a bargain, and the money goes to charity, too....   ... Here's your chance ... Read More

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  • Château Durfort-Vivens Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2008

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  • Berrys' Own Selection Margaux 2004

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    Deep ruby in colour, heavy on the spice with only some red fruit, quite smokey. Probably could do with a bit longer in bottle than drunk now as the tannins are still quite present. Nice enough but not spectacular. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley


  • Demi-Btles de Château Durfort-Vivens-2ème Cru Classé Margaux 2003

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    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. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley


  • Château Durfort-Vivens Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2006

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    Spice and black cherry noseSmooth palate with good fruit. A spicy finish. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger


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