Château Durfort Vivens, 2ème Cru Classé, Margaux, 2005

  Château Durfort Vivens

Château Durfort Vivens, 2ème Cru Classé, Margaux

A pure nose of fresh crushed berry juice; clean entry on the palate, flavours of light red fruits, hints of herbs, and some quite firm, polished tannins to back it up. Great length – another winner from Gonzague Lurton.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Durfort Vivens

The vineyards of this second growth property are situated immediately next to those of Château Margaux. After a period of under-exploitation, winemaker Gonzague Lurton has worked hard to raise the quality of the wines produced and the fruits of his efforts are visible in that they are gradually regaining the following they enjoyed 100 years ago.

Appellation: Margaux

The wines tend to show more perfume and roundness than neighbour St-Julien, Pauillac, and St-Estèphe, whilst retaining a certain structure and concentration. Margaux is the most southerly and most extensive of the famous Médoc communes, a patchwork of vineyards with lesser parcels classed purely as Haut-Médoc. A myriad of soil mixtures can be found, clay, limestone, and gravel. Though quality is not always consistent here, the potential is great as more Margaux properties were included in the 1855 classification of the Médoc and Graves than any other appellation.

The two leading lights are the highly sought after Châteaux Margaux and Palmer, though there are several other solid performers including Brane-Cantenac, Rauzan-Ségla, Durfort-Vivens, Lascombes, Giscours, Ferrières, Malescot St Exupery and Luc Thienpont’s new boutique vineyard, Clos des Quatre Vents.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot

A classic partnership. The stock left bank Bordeaux blend also used to good affect in the New World. Cabernet's, acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics.