This is our second year of applying biodynamic methods to the entire vineyard. We are already seeing beneficial effects on the vines’natural balance with their environment. The grapes that we harvested were healthy, rich and very expressive.
A few months after bottling, Château Durfort-Vivens 2014 already presents an exceptional richness with its intense, bright, ruby red colour and deep, complex bouquet. The lively nose offers an impressive purity and intensity. Scents of black fruit are in harmony with floral, mineral and spicy notes. The barrel ageing is already remarkably well-integrated in the bouquet with subtle notes of coffee and vanilla beans. The palate is characterized by richness, freshness and balance. The texture is voluptuous and full-bodied, with enough minerality to preserve the elegant freshness that one expects from a great Margaux. The finish is long and powerful, but what really impresses is its harmony and smoothness.
At this stage of its development, to bring out its richness, openness and power, this wine is best served with generous, full-flavoured cuisine, such as a beef cheek casserole, an osso bucco, or of course a plate of charcuterie or cheeses. While this young vintage is already showing itself to be pleasantly open, it has a very high potential to improve further with age.
Warmth and sun in April were favourable for a quick and even start to canopy growth throughout the vineyard. It looked like the vintage would be very early. Poor fruit set and uneven berry size caused concern for the young Merlots. Luckily the brilliant weather in June meant that flowering was quick and even for most of the vineyard. The growth cycle fell back again in the summer, especially in August with gloomy and exceptionally cold weather. Véraison was late; all would depend on the late season. The Indian summer came like a blessing at the beginning of September and lasted through to the end of October. Even, slow and complete ripening conditions came together and we were able to harvest each plot at its best, with calm weather.
Merlot: 19 to 29 September
In 2014, the grand vin represents 55% of production
Château Durfort-Vivens 2014 was aged in oak barrels for 18 months with 50% new barrels.