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Château Durfort-Vivens 2009

Bordeaux - Margaux - 2ème Grand Cru Classé - Château Durfort-Vivens

2nd Grand Cru Classé in 1855

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Bottle 0.75L
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Stored in air-conditioned cellar
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Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon 65%
Cabernet Franc 15%
Merlot 20
Château Durfort-Vivens

Château Durfort-Vivens

Le Château Durfort-Vivens is a Domaine nestled in the heart of the Margaux appellation. Its history dates back to the 15th century, when it was just a hunting lodge belonging to the Durfort de Duras knights, which only became a Domaine vineyard in the 17th century. 

Thomas Jefferson, US ambassador to France, praised Château Durfort in his travel notes in 1787, ranking it just behind Châteaux Lafite, Latour and Margaux. It wasn't until 1824 that Domaine passed into the hands of the de Vivens family, who thus attached their name to it.

Second Château Durfort-Vivens was thus named Grand Cru Classé in the 1855 classification for the Paris Universal Exhibition.

In 1961, Château was bought by François Lurton, who handed over the reins to his son Gonzague in 1992. With a view to respecting the environment and producing a wine with the purest expression of fruit, Château Durfort-Vivens will be the first of the Margaux Crus Classés to be certified Organic as well as Biodynamic. The cellar of Domaine is notably renowned for being the world's largest amphora cellar by volume, the amphora favoring the purity of the fruit.

Laying on gravelly soils facing the Garonne River, the Château vineyard covers 62 hectares of vines, including 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot destined for... See more ...

Critics Château Durfort-Vivens 2009.

Robert Parker
89/100
James Suckling
93/100
Wine Spectator
90/100
Jancis Robinson
17/20
Jean-Marc Quarin
88/100

Description Château Durfort-Vivens 2009.

A vintage described as exceptional in Bordeaux, 2009 benefited from generous weather that was very favorable for the vine cycle and the ripening of the grapes. A very sunny summer and alternating cool nights and warm days in September and October allowed the berries to concentrate in aroma and color, giving rise to an anthology harvest.

Blend of the 2009 vintage: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot.

The robe is a deep purple color with subtle garnet tints.

The nose offers expressive nuances of black fruits, crème de cassis, violets and peppery spices, punctuated with balsamic notes.

The attack is mellow, the wine evolves with suppleness and depth thanks to very elegant tannins. It shows a beautiful balance between purity of fruit, acidity and aromatic power, rising to a crescendo until it blooms on a smooth and persistent finish. A beautifully evolved Margaux.

Food and wine pairing:

Château Durfort-Vivens 2009 will offer a delicious match with a duck breast with Pinot Noir sauce, a veal loin with small vegetables, an Iberian pluma a la plancha or a beef fillet with a truffle sauce.

For a pairing with cheese, choose uncooked pressed cheeses: Edam, Gouda, Saint-nectaire, morbier, Tomme de Savoie or Salers.

For dessert, it is particularly delicious with a Paris-Brest style layer cake, Yann Couvreur's Caribbean entremets or a Grand Cru chocolate tart.

Ageing potential and tasting:

Château Durfort-Vivens 2009 can still benefit from its great ageing potential. Its peak will be reached between 2025 and 2028.

However, it lends itself very well to tasting today. To do so, take care to place the bottle the night before in the serving room at room temperature. Open it and decant it ideally 5 to 6 hours before tasting.

The bottles will be kept in the cellar, protected from light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.

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