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2009 Vintage

The 2009 Château Durfort-Vivens is remarkable for its very intense, almost seductive expression of aromas. The bouquet offers an elegant combination of floral notes (violets), spices (pepper, cinnamon, liquorice and vanilla), red fruit (blackberries, blackcurrants and raspberries) and minerals.

On the palate, there is a balance between richness, smoothness, freshness and power that verges on perfection. This wine is voluptuous, smooth, fruity, finely textured, full-bodied and very long.

There can be no doubt that this is an exceptional vintage that is already very generous on the palate, and shows excellent potential to improve further over time.

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HARVESTING

The grapes benefited from a dry, hot, sunny summer that has placed 2009 among the truly exceptional vintages. The cool nights and very generous sunshine provided perfect ripening conditions, resulting in a quite remarkable richness in the grapes when they were harvested. The excellent health of the grapes and fine late summer conditions enabled each plot to be harvested at just the right time.

Harvest dates:

- Merlot: 28 to 30 september

- Cabernet franc: 6 & 7 october

- Cabernet sauvignon: 30 to 14 october

Average yield: 42 hL/ha

BLENDING

• Cabernet sauvignon : 75%

• Merlot : 20%

• Cabernet franc : 5%