Château Durfort-Vivens

Bordeaux, bordeaux 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 14th century. In 1824, the name of the Viscount of Vivens was added to that of Durfort.

This 55 hectare second growth, now owned and run by Gonzague Lurton, is one of the finest in Margaux. The vineyards are planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc at a density of 6,600 to 7,700 vines per hectare on deep gravel soils. The grapes are vinified in a mixture of oak and concrete vats and aged for about 18 months in barriques. Gonzague converted 20% of his vineyards to biodynamic viticulture in 2009. Pleased with the results, he increased the area to 40% the following year and completed the conversion in 2013. It is a three year process to achieve certification, so Gonzague's vineyards will be fully certified from the 2016 vintage.

First produced in 2004, 'Vivens' is the Château's second wine and is sourced predominantly from younger vines and selected parcels. The 2013 Vivens is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot. The wine is aged for 12 months in 20% new oak barrels and 80% one-year-old barrels. This wine is exclusive to Liberty Wines.

 

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