ABOUT THIS WINE
The blend for this wine is 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% Merlot. The terroir is gravel, clay, and sandy soil. The vines are planted to a density that varies from 6,600 to 8,300 vines per hectare. The higher levels of vine density are for the newer plantings. Their vines are old with an average age of 50 years. All the work in the vineyards is 100% biodynamic. 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.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
Chateau Durfort Vivens, like many Bordeaux wine producers, is named after a previous owner. In this case, it was the Durfort de Duras, a well-connected family from southwest France. Thomas Jefferson, the American ambassador to France and the future president of the United States, was a Bordeaux wine connoisseur and ranked it directly after Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Latour, and Chateau Margaux in his fascinating travel diaries.
Today the property is owned and managed by the Lurton family who purchased Durfort Vivens in 1961. Prior to the Lurton era, for a period of time, the wines were made at Chateau Margaux. For the 2009 vintage, the Medoc estate changed its label to an antique rendering in order to reflect a design that was previously used by the estate ages ago. Another change took place in 2009 for Chateau Durfort Vivens. They began to experiment with organic farming techniques. According to Gonzague Lurton, they farmed 20% of their Margaux vineyards using organic methods. By the 2013 harvest, the estate became 100% organically and Biodynamically farmed. They received their certification for biodynamic and organic farming in 2016 from Ecocert and Biodyvin. This made Chateau Durfort the first classified growth in the Margaux appellation to be Demeter certified as being 100% biodynamic.
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