Château Durfort-Vivens is a winery in the Margaux appellation of the Bordeaux region of France. It is also the name of the red wine produced by this property. The wine produced here was classified as one of fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths) in the original Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.
Château Durfort-Vivens has been owned by the Lurton family since 1961 when Lucien Lurton purchased it from the Gineset family. The estate has undergone a mini renaissance since Lucien`s son Gonzague took over at the helm. In 2018, Durfort Vivens completed a full renovation and modernization of the cellars and the chateau.
Vineyards, Terroir, and Winemaking
Durfort-Vivens's vineyard is planted to 65%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc that lie on gravelly soils interspersed with limestone. To produce the wine of Chateau Durfort Vivens, the wine is vinified in a combination of wood and concrete, temperature-controlled vats, and amphora. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine of Durfort Vivens is aged in a combination of about 40% new French oak barrels and clay amphora for an average of 18 months, depending on the quality and character of the vintage.
The proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the final blend (82%) is the highest of any wine in the southern Médoc and gives the wine classic blackcurrant and cassis characteristics as well as notable tannins and structure. Durfort-Vivens may be approached after 5 years or so in bottle but will continue improving for up to 10 years.