Owned by the much-admired Lurton family since 1961, Deuxième Grand Cru Classé estate Château Durfort-Vivens (£264 per six) was rated second only to Margaux itself in the 19th century. Fully biodynamic since 2016 and with a new winery in 2018, the style has moved in a more concentrated direction over the last ten years, under Gonzague Lurton's direction. Antonio Galloni calls the 2020 "an exotic, full-throttle wine...quite the powerhouse" (93-95 points). With long ageing potential, the scores could well move upwards when the wine is bottled.
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|RED||2020||Château Durfort Vivens||75cl||£528 per case of 12||Château Durfort Vivens
2020 / / 75cl
£528 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"More structured and tannic than 2019 or 2018 but still with an explosion of fruit. Floral and dark-fruit notes. Ripe but fresh with crunchy fruit on the palate and fine-grained tannins. Mouth-watering, saline finish. Potential to age. 17.5 points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)------"This has some pretty big tannins, sinewy and muscular, with the floral side of Cabernet on full display. Majors on savoury fruits, tobacco leaf and rosemary spices. A wine that shows a classically balanced Margaux, not an exuberant one. Takes its time, and as it opens up a sweeter raspberry puree appears showing texture and depth with slate minerality on the finish. This is serious and a little closed right now. 30% aged in amphoras (jarres) and 70% in new oak for 18 months ageing. Drinking Window 2028 - 2042. 94 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"The 2020 Durfort-Vivens is an exotic, full-throttle wine. Heat and lack of rain between May and August yielded small berries with naturally concentrated juice. That comes through in the wine's ripe, luscious personality. Yields were 32 hectoliters per hectare, lower than normal. Small berries yielded a Durfort of tremendous richness. I imagine the 2020 will need quite a bit of time in bottle to be at its best. Today, it is quite the powerhouse. The 2020 is aging 67% new oak and 33% terracotta vats. 93-95 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com------"What really impresses here is the tannin framework, which displays refinement and power at the same time. It’s full, yet very polished, racy and long. Loads of blackberries and walnuts with crushed grapes. 88% cabernet sauvignon and 12% merlot. 96-97 points" jamessuckling.com