2ND WINE OF CHÂTEAU DURFORT-VIVENS (2nd Grand Cru Classé)
Château DURFORT-VIVENS owes its name to the Durfort de Duras, a powerful family in the South-West of France that came to Margaux in the fourteenth century. In 1824, the Viscount of Vivens’ name was added to that of Durfort. The quality of the Durfort wine began to be appreciated at the end of the eighteenth century. Thomas Jefferson, the American ambassador in France and future president, was a wine connoisseur and ranked it directly after Lafite, Latour and Margaux in his fascinating travel diaries. The 1855 classification confirmed his opinion, ranking the wine as a Second Cru Classé.
The second wine offers the pleasure and thrill of a fine harmonious bouquet‚ a silkiness bursting with fruit in the mouth‚ and an entrancing fresh finish. All the finesse of a great terroir simply and subtly revealed.
Production: 28,000 bottles (estimated)
Age of vines (avg.): 25 years
Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot
Maturity: 10 years
Serving temperature: 16-17 °C