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Château Durfort-Vivens

MARGAUX, REBORN Second Classified Growth in 1855, in Margaux
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FROM HUNTING LODGE
TO GRAND CRU CLASSÉ

From the 14th century, the Durfort de Duras family was one of the major landowners in the Médoc. What was once a hunting lodge on their land in Margaux became, during the 17th century, a winegrowing estate of excellence. In 1758, the Château was given to George Ainslie, wine merchant in Scottish wine, whose last daughter married le Chevalier de Vivens. It’s their son, who added his name to Durfort in 1824. Generally considered a 2nd cru since 1745, the estate was naturally classified so in 1855. Château Durfort-Vivens was acquired by Château Margaux of which Léonce Récapet was then the main shareholder. A few years later, a grandson of Léonce, Lucien Lurton, a great winegrower and defender of the Bordeaux terroir, bought the property back. We were then in 1961.

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FROM FAMILY LEGACY
TO AMBITIOUS PROJECT

In 1992, his son Gonzague, who had always been fascinated by this estate and its immense potential, took the lead of Durfort-Vivens.
He had his own ideas: to chart his own path in search of his own vision:

PURITY, PRECISION,
EXPRESSION OF THE MARGALAIS TERROIR.
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TOOLS AT THE SERVICE OF THE SINGULARITY OF THE WINE.
AT THE BEGINNING, BIODYNAMICS

His passion for the style of wine led him to do everything possible to ensure that the singularity of the Durfort-Vivens terroir be highlighted. Biodynamics seemed to him to be the best tool and he started in 2009. In 2016, he obtained Bio and Biodynamic certifications. Château Durfort-Vivens became the first Margaux Grand Cru Classé to be doubly certified. The results have been conclusive: not only have the soils regenerated, but the quality of the wines continues to grow in brilliance and precision. And it’s just a step because nature is complex, and its best expression can’t be reduced to a practice.

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BRINGING DIVERSITY TO LIFE

These agricultural practices have favoured a development of diversity in the flora and fauna within the vineyard; the agroecology and agroforestry approach has enriched and sustained the revival of living soils. This biological diversity in Château Durfort-Vivens’s vineyard helps to express the diversity in its mosaic of terroirs.

PRECISION VITICULTURE

Thanks to a long and meticulous study, the technical team has identified a real diversity of distinct kinds of soil, distributed among the four municipalities in the estate. To better understand this diversity, tools for measuring, using the latest technologies, have been put in place. This precision viticulture allows for appropriate care of each portion of plot.

An intra-plot treatment which initially benefits the first wine, Château Durfort-Vivens, in which the nuance of each terroir blossoms fully but also allows the composition of a trilogy of single plot wines, “Les Parcelles/” Each of these “Parcelles” wines highlights one of our terroirs specificities and the style of wine resulting from it.

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LET THE SINGULARITY
EXPRESS ITSELF

The unification that biodynamics has brought to the maturity of the grapes (fruits and polyphenols) has opened the door to a new vision of wine ageing, in order to preserve their bright bouquet and tannic smoothness. The control of oxygen and sulphur inputs during ageing is the indispensable key to the preservation of this singularity.

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"We were in awe of the absolute beauty of the wine's fragrance and texture, which seemed to us to be unrivalled even in Margaux."

BETTANE ET DESSEAUVE

"One of the stars of the appellation and, indeed, of the entire Médoc"

COLIN HAY, THE DRINKS BUSINESS

"Unforgettable for its delicacy, elegance and personality. There is a severe lack of bits to describe it. This work of art by Gonzague Lurton is an emotion. It is a wine that can leave a lasting mark on the history of Bordeaux wines."

LOUIS-VICTOR CHARVET, BETTANE ET DESSEAUVE

"A wine that leaves you speechless, far beyond evaluation"

ROLF BISCHEL, VINUM

"Exceptional rebirth of Durfort-Vivens, more than ever a 2nd Grand Cru Classé of Margaux"

YVES BECK

Vintage maps showing the parcel origin of our cuvées

Precision viticulture and vinification enable us to meet the exacting standards of our Grand Vin, Château Durfort-Vivens, in which the nuances of each terroir come into their own.

CHÂTEAU DURFORT-VIVENS

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CHÂTEAU DURFORT-VIVENS 2022

The blend : 84% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 16% Merlot

THE AGEING

18 months with a mix of 70% in new oak barrels and 30% in TAVA amphorae

TASTING COMMENTS

Two vintages in one. The power, density and length of a great and solar vintage. The brilliance, elegance and energy of a great classic vintage.

CRITICAL REVIEWS

Lin Liu, Wine Maniacs, 97-98/100
Terre de Vins, 97-98/100
Colin Hay, The Drinks Business, 95-97+/100
James Suckling, 96-97/100

SERVING TIPS

To be enjoyed from 2027. Peak of the wine in 2042. 1 to 2 hours decanting time. 16 to 18°C serving temperature

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Lurton
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TECHNICAL SHEET
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CHÂTEAU DURFORT-VIVENS 2021

The blend : 97% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 3% Merlot

THE BLEND

18% months, 70% in new oak barrels and 30% in TAVA amphorae

TASTING COMMENTS

The result is quite fascinating in its balance, how the wine will hold up in the mouth and its aromatic brilliance with notes that remind more the spring floral hints than ones in summer. The style of the wine reminds of the 1986 by its tannic structure and with a fantasy worthy of the 1988.

CRITICAL REVIEWS

Colin Hay, The Drinks Business, 95-97/100
Peter Winding, Vinbladet, 95-97/100
Terre de Vins, 96/100

SERVING TIPS

To be enjoyed from 2026. Peak of the wine in 2033. 1 to 2 hours decanting time. 16 to 18°C serving temperature

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Lurton
  • Lurton
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TECHNICAL SHEET
Lurton

CHÂTEAU DURFORT-VIVENS 2020

88% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 12% Merlot

THE AGEING

18 months with a mix of: 70% in new oak barrels, 30% in TAVA amphorae

TASTING COMMENTS

“The aromatic expression is disconcerting, solar and fresh at the same time. The balance on the palate is very powerful, elegant and voluptuous.” Léopold Valentin, The Technical Director

CRITICAL REVIEWS

Colin Hay, The Drinks Business, 96-98+/100
La Revue du Vin de France, 97-98/100
Ella Lister, Le Figaro, 96-98/100

SERVING TIPS

To be enjoyed from 2025. Peak of the wine in 2030. 1 to 2 hours decanting time. 16 to 18°C serving temperature

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Lurton
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TECHNICAL SHEET
FOOD PAIRING
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FOOD AND WINE PAIRING

THE HAZELNUT

On the palate, Château Durfort-Vivens 2020 echoes hazelnuts by itself. Its ageing in oak barrels, as well as a blend with a strong predominance of Cabernet Sauvignon, give rise to aromatic tones similar to those of hazelnut. A combination of roundness, aromatic power and a contrast of textures, between voluptuousness and crunchiness!

RECIPE IDEAS

Grilled knives with hazelnuts and herbs.

Carrots sautéed with hazelnuts.

* By our sommelier consultant Claire-Marie Boeri

TECHNICAL SHEET
FOOD PAIRING GUIDE
Lurton

CHÂTEAU DURFORT-VIVENS 2019

The blend : 90% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 10% Merlot

THE AGEING

18 months ageing: 70% in new oak barrels, 30% in TAVA amphorae

TASTING COMMENTS

“Durfort-Vivens 2019 is a cold-blooded animal. The wine has followed its wine making process with composure whereas we were worried about. And now just out from the barrels and clay amphorae, the wine is stunning by its peaceful balance.” Gonzague Lurton, The Owner

CRITICS REVIEWS

Bettane et Desseauve, 99/100
Wine enthusiast, 95-97/100
Wine Advocate, 96/100

SERVING TIPS

To be enjoyed from 2025. Peak of the wine in 2030. 1 to 2 hours decanting time. 16 to 18°C serving temperature

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Lurton
  • Lurton
TECHNICAL SHEET
FOOD PAIRING
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FOOD AND WINE PAIRING

THE PEPPER

Pepper is a spice that spices up a dish while bringing true fruity aromatic complexity. Married with Château Durfort-Vivens 2019, the freshness, silky texture and fruity aromatics of the cuvée take on a whole new dimension in the mouth. A perfect match, with a controlled dosage.

RECIPE IDEAS

Barbecued duck breast with red pepper sauce

Raspberry Bavarian with red fruit, green and white pepper coulis

* By our sommelier consultant Claire-Marie Boeri

TECHNICAL SHEET
FOOD PAIRING GUIDE
Lurton

CHÂTEAU DURFORT-VIVENS 2018

The blend : 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc

THE AGEING

18 months of ageing : 70% in new oak barrels, 30% in amphorae TAVA

TASTING COMMENTS

Château Durfort-Vivens 2018 expresses floral notes of lily and lavender. Notes of blackberries, blackcurrants and dark chocolate amplify its aromatic expression. Beautiful texture, creamy and powerful.

CRITICS REVIEWS

Rolf Bischel, Vinum, 100/100
Peter Winding, Vinbladet, 98/100
Michel Bettane, Bettane + Desseauve, 97-98/100

SERVING TIPS

To be enjoyed from 2027. Peak of the wine in 2040. 1 to 2 hours decanting time. 16 to 18°C serving temperature

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Lurton
  • Lurton
TECHNICAL SHEET
FOOD PAIRING
Lurton

FOOD AND WINE PAIRING

THE POMEGRANATE

Château Durfort-Vivens 2018, dubbed "the rare year", is a special vintage, where the identity of the fruit has never been so preserved. The fruity, tangy aromatics of pomegranate amplify the fruitfulness of the vintage. The wine's fine, integrated tannins are reminiscent of the pomegranate's seeds, which add a crisp texture to this combination. A perfect marriage.

RECIPE IDEAS

Carpaccio de Saint-Jacques en meurette et grenade

Lentilles sauce vin rouge, foie gras, baie rose et grenade

* By our sommelier consultant Claire-Marie Boeri

TECHNICAL SHEET
FOOD PAIRING GUIDE
Lurton

CHÂTEAU DURFORT-VIVENS 2017

The blend : 91% cabernet sauvignon, 9% merlot

THE AGEING

18 months ageing in oak barrels, 60% new oak.

TASTING COMMENTS

Chateau Durfort-Vivens 2017 has a spicy attack, with notes of beeswax and sichuan pepper. A currant and black fruit nose, highlighted by notes of roasted hazelnuts and coffee. A beautiful minerality completes its aromatic palette with great finesse.

CRITICS REVIEWS

Peter Winding, Vinbladet, 96/100
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 95/100
James Suckling, 95/100

SERVING TIPS

To be enjoyed from now. Peak of the wine in 2032. 1 to 2 hours decanting time. 16 to 18°C serving temperature

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Lurton
  • Lurton
TECHNICAL SHEET
FOOD PAIRING
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FOOD AND WINE PAIRING

THE POTATO

After the cooking process, the potato develops roasted, chestnut and hazelnut notes, reminiscent of those of the wine, which magnify its fruity flavor. Very unctuous, this dish reveals the finesse and generosity of Château Durfort-Vivens 2017, while softening its tannic structure. An alliance of balance, which lengthens the length in mouth of the wine.

RECIPE IDEAS

Sautéed potatoes, wild garlic, bacon and smoked bacon cream

Potato mousse with truffle and cappuccino sauce

* By our sommelier consultant Claire-Marie Boeri

TECHNICAL SHEET
FOOD PAIRING GUIDE
Lurton

CHÂTEAU DURFORT-VIVENS 2016

The blend : 94% Cabernet sauvignon, 6% Merlot

THE AGEING

18 months ageing in oak barrels, 60% new oak.

TASTING COMMENTS

An intensely fruity nose with notes of mirabelle plum blending harmoniously with touches of cedar. Château Durfort-Vivens 2016 has a powerful and acidic attack. The tannins are elegant. A finish with length and finesse.

CRITICS REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast, 95-97/100
Peter Winding, Vinbladet, 96/100
James Suckling, 95-96/100

SERVING TIPS

To be enjoyed from 2025. Peak of the wine in 2039. 1 to 2 hours decanting time. 16 to 18°C serving temperature

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Lurton
  • Lurton
TECHNICAL SHEET
FOOD PAIRING
Lurton

FOOD AND WINE PAIRING

THE WHITE GRAPE

The white grape, sweet and very fragrant, combines perfectly with the power and acidity of Durfort-Vivens 2016. It brings a lot of sweetness, magnifies the greed and energy of the vintage. A beautiful balance is established and the power of the wine gives way to a soft and suave sensation, prolonging it in the mouth.

RECIPE IDEAS

Quail stuffed with spices and grapes

Chocolate and raisin pie with chocolate and chilli mousse

* By our sommelier consultant Claire-Marie Boeri

TECHNICAL SHEET
FOOD PAIRING GUIDE
Lurton

"LES PARCELLES"
OF DURFORT-VIVENS

From an intra-plot viticulture, a trilogy of wines has been born, “Les Parcelles” de Durfort-Vivens. These "Parcelles" highlight the specificities of our terroirs and hence embody each of the characteristics of our Grand Vin.

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LES PLANTES

The freshness of
Durfort-Vivens

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LE PLATEAU

The energy and power of Durfort-Vivens

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LE HAMEAU

The elegance of
Durfort-Vivens

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The particularities of Durfort-Vivens

The particularities of Durfort-Vivens are the fruit of painstaking cellar work and of an unending search for authenticity, natural balance and expression of the terroir.

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LA NATURE

of Durfort-Vivens

Cuvée without any added sulfites, Margaux Appellation.

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BLANC DE NOIR

of Durfort-Vivens

A blend of black and white grapes

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THE TEAM

Here are the main actors of the rebirth of Chateau Durfort-Vivens of whom the dynamism and the year-round commitment have borne fruit in the vines as in the wine cellar.

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GONZAGUE LURTON

Owner
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LÉOPOLD VALENTIN

Technical Director
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JEAN-JACQUES HURTEAUD

Cellar Team Master
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NICOLAS BIRON

Culture Master Vineyard Manager
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ALEXIA ITEY

Quality Manager
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RUDY VIGNAUD

Tractor Driver, Mechanic
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LAURENT SIMON

Tractor Driver
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