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Durfort-Vivens 2021


Case Format: 12x75cl

Max score: 95.0

The historic Château Durfort-Vivens has produced wine for generations, and has been under the leadership of the Lurton family since 1961. Its 55-hectare vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (c.70%), Merlot (c.24%) and Cabernet Franc (c.6%) on a terroir of gravelly soils and limestone. The wine’s classic cassis and blackcurrant character comes from the dominance of Cabernet Sauvignon, and is complete with elegant tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in amphora, whilst the final blend matures in 40% new French oak barrels. Certified biodynamic since 2016, Durfort-Vivens is respected for producing high-quality, low-intervention wines.



William Kelley

Containing fully 97% Cabernet Sauvignon this year, the 2021 Durfort Vivens shows considerable promise, unwinding in the glass with aromas of cassis, dark berries, loamy soil, cigar wrapper and spices. Medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, its velvety and impressively concentrated, with powdery tannins, lively acids and a long, penetrating finish. Tasted twice.

Jane Anson

You’ll find several Cabernet-dominant blends in classified Médoc estates in 2021, like this near-100% example (97%, with a slice of Merlot that was affected by both fruit set and frost). It translates into an attractive deep plum colour, with violet reflections, and a purity to the blueberry and raspberry fruits, far removed from the solar aromatics we have got used to. Cool vintage signatures abound with undergrowth and liqourice bud, and similarities to good vintages of the 1980s in terms of balance and tannic frame. I have been a huge fan of Durfort in recent years, and this has plenty of potential for ageing. Plenty of adapting in the vineyard to achieve this result, including leaving grass and cereal cover throughout to increase water stress. Eric Boissenot consultant. 35hl/h yield. Harvest September 24 harvest to October 21 (later even than the 2010). 70% new oak and the rest amphoras.


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