Château Durfort Vivens

The exceptionally mild and wet winter helped to replenish groundwater reserves and enrich the soil mineral content. The cool spring did not slow down growth the risk of disease. Vigilance was required, especially after a period of rain at the end of May. Fortunately, superb weather at the beginning of June created perfect conditions for rapid, uniform flowering. Thanks to the sunshine, optimism was renewed among the team. An attack of mildew was contained late in June, and the vines benefited from an exceptional summer, even if the rather cool July delayed the ripening process. However, better conditions for ripening could not have been hoped for, with a hot, dry end of summer, a little rain mid-September, and then a magnificent Indian summer, whose cool nights helped to preserve the grapes’ aromatic freshness. Our efforts were rewarded despite the significant risk of disease, we held on and were rewarded with DEMETER biodynamic certification for the whole of the 2016 harvest.

The harvests produced rich, smooth wines, packed with voluptuous fruit that is bursting with flavours.

From september 23rd to october 18th of 2016

94% Cabernet sauvignon, 6% Merlot

18 months ageing in 60 % of new oak

<div>Château Durfort Vivens</div> - 2016
Margaux
2nd Grand Cru Classé en 1855
55 hectares

Deep gravels from the quaternary period with a sand and clay soil matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

60 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak
Gonzague Lurton
Leopold Valentin
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2015 is our third year in biodynamics throughout the vineyard. The very favorable climatic conditions accentuate the benefits of this farming which respects and encourages the natural balances between the vine and its environment.  The mild and dry winter announced a beginning of constricting vegetative cycle. But winter precipitation, although moderate, was sufficient to ensure water reserves. Spring was ideal. The exceptionally low rainfall compensated for the absence of winter cold and contained the phytosanitary pressure. April and May are hot and dry, ensuring uniform bud burst and growth. We could not hope better conditions for the blooming which is done completely and very quickly. Until veraison, the vineyard takes full advantage of sunny weather. The setting is fast and complete. The sanitary condition of the foliage and grapes is perfect. The heat wave episode of late June and early July causes an early water deficit that quickly triggers veraison. The few rains at the end of July arrive at the perfect moment to avoid any blockage and start the ripening of the grapes. With sunny days and cool nights, maturation is slow, regular and complete. These conditions are maintained in the late season and provide us with the attitude to harvest each of our parcels at its optimum maturity.

From September 17th to October 8th of 2015
90 % cabernet sauvignon and 10 % merlot
18 months of ageing in 50% of new oak
<div>Château Durfort Vivens</div> - 2015
Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the quaternary period with a sand and clay soil matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

50 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak
Gonzague Lurton
Jérome Héranval
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Wine Enthusiast
97
Bettane & Desseauve
95 / 96
Jancis Robinson
17,5
Decanter
92
Vinum
19
Le Figaro
16,5
Markus del Monego
93
James Suckling
94

During this third year in biodynamic conversion, We were able to observe the balances favored by the vine with its environment. We harvest healthy, rich and very fruity grapes.
A few months after its bottling, Château Durfort-Vivens 2014 already distinguishes itself with a ruby, shiny and intense color and also its complex and deep bouquet. The nose is impressive of purity, intensity and brightness. The nuances of black fruits are in accordance with the floral, mineral and spicy notes. The barrel ageing is already outstandingly integrated with fine notes of coffee and vanilla beans. The first impression on the palate, shows a rich, fresh and balance wine. The texture is juicy and fleshy with a touch of minerality that keeps an elegant freshness. The finish is powerful and very long, with harmony and sweetness. The  pairing with flavourful and generous dishes will sublimate the richness, the easyness and the power of the wine ; as with a stew of beef cheek, an osso bucco or just a dish of delicatessen and cheeses.

Although this young vintage already expresses a very beautiful opening, it has a long ageing potential.

From September 19th to October 15th of 2014
90 % cabernet sauvignon and 10 % merlot

18 month of ageing in 50% of new oak

<div>Château Durfort Vivens</div> - 2014
Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the quaternary period with a sand and clay soil matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

50 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérome Héranval
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Wine Enthusiast
93 / 95
Decanter
17,25
Bettane & Desseauve
95 / 96
Vinum
18
René Gabriel
17

2013 is our second 100% biodynamic vintage. With the experience of the previous vintages, we were able to take advantage of two of the major principles of the biodynamic farming, the anticipation and the stimulation of the natural defenses of the vine. With regard to the difficult weather conditions of the year, we favored the fruit. The wine has a lot of finesse, elegance, freshness and an harmonious finish, that we could expect from a Margaux. The vintage 2013 expresses a very beautiful concentration of red berries, with floral hints (lilac, violet) and minerality. On the palate, the connoisseurs will appreciate the delicacy and the freshness of the great Margaux thanks to a silky and well-balanced texture. Finally, the length is also marked by notes of red berries combined with nuances of spices (pepper of Szechuan) and of tobacco leaf. This wine shows a very beautiful opening and easyness since its bottling. It will pair perfectly well with fine dishes as papillotte of sea bass, a roasted poultry or a sauté of veal with morels.

From September 27th to October 6th of 2013
82 % cabernet sauvignon, 17 % merlot and 1 % cabernet franc

18 months of ageing in 50 % of new oak

<div>Château Durfort Vivens</div> - 2013
Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares de vines

Deep gravels from the quaternary period with a sand and clay soil matrix

6600 to 8300 plants/ hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify separately each plot

50 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak 

Gonzague Lurton
Jérome Héranval
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Wine Enthusiast
92
Decanter
17,25
Bettane & Desseauve
17,5
Jancis Robinson
17
James Suckling
90
Le Point
15,5/ 16
Vinum
17,5
René Gabriel
17

Château Durfort-Vivens 2012 has a superb colour, deep ruby with garnet reflections. It is intense and complex on the nose, which delicately combines red fruits like Morello cherry and red currant with yellow plum, notes of white flowers (lilacs), spices (Cayenne pepper, liquorice), and a slight hint of tobacco and cigar box. The aromas from ageing are already remarkably well integrated with the softness of warm brioche. The elegant fragrance is supported by fresh mineral characters. The palate is a pure expression of the elegance and
finesse of the greatest wines of Margaux. The attack is clean and fresh. The texture is finely crafted with silky and charming tannins that extend the finish harmoniously, with a wonderful mineral freshness in the tradition of the great terroirs of Margaux. This 2012 from Durfort-Vivens invites tasters to let themselves be carried away by its soft sensations of balance, harmony and finesse, offering them all the elegance and richness of its terroir.

From October 4th to 14th of 2012. Hand-picking in crates

79 % cabernet sauvignon, 19 % merlot and 2 % cabernet franc

18 months of ageing in 50% of new oak

<div>Château Durfort Vivens</div> - 2012
Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares de vines

Deep gravels from the quaternary period with a sand and clay soil matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify separately each plot

50 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérome Héranval
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Le Point
17
Bettane & Desseauve
17/ 17,5
Wine spectator
89 / 91
René Gabriel
17
James Suckling
90
Vinum
18,25

A vintage in which we made fruit and finesse the priority. The nose, still a little buttery, expresses lovely notes of red fruits (redcurrants), dark fruits (blueberries), violets, and light  tobacco. The attack on the palate is smooth and evolves with a fresh, refined texture. Very pleasant, fruity, fullbodied character. A delicious sweetness. The finish is moderately long and elegant with notes of fresh fruit and vanilla. Although only recently bottled, this wine already makes a fine accompaniment to numerous dishes or can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif, perhaps enhanced with little fine charcuterie or cheeses.

From September 9th to 23rd of 2011

75 % cabernet sauvignon, 20 % merlot and 5 % cabernet franc

18 months of ageing in 50 % of new oak

<div>Château Durfort Vivens</div> - 2011
Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period with a sand and clay matrix soil

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

50 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérome Héranval
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Wine Enthusiast
93
James Suckling
92
Decanter
16,5
L'Express magazine
17,5
Vinum
17,5
Jancis Robinson
16,5
Gault et Millau
16,5
Le Point
15,5 /16

The colour is a bright, intense, dark purple with glints of violet. The dense, complex bouquet offers a harmonious combination of notes of minerals, spices, very ripe dark fruit, liquorice, incense and white lilies. On the palate, the attack is smooth and dense. There is a remarkable balance between minerality and sweetness. The wine's power is steady and wellstructured. This exceptional vintage has a full-bodied, distinguished, elegant character. Due its balance and complexity, this is a wine that will improve for age for many years, and provide a subtle accompaniment to many fine dishes.

September 30th to October 20th of 2010
74 % cabernet sauvignon, 22 % merlot and 4 % cabernet franc

18 months of ageing in 50 %  of new oak

<div>Château Durfort Vivens</div> - 2010
Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period with a sand/clay matrix

6600 to 8300 pieds / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

50 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérome Héranval
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Jancis Robinson
17
Wine Enthusiast
93
René Gabriel
17
Le Point
17
Gault et Millau
17,5
James Suckling
91/92
Wine spectator
91
Asian Palate - Jeannie Cho Lee
91
Neal Martin, the wine advocate
89 / 91
Vinum
17,5
Bettane & Desseauve
18,5
Decanter
18

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 fruits (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.

 

From September 28th to October 14th of 2009
75 % cabernet sauvignon, 20 % merlot and 5 % cabernet franc

18 months of ageing in 45 to 50 % of new oak

<div>Château Durfort Vivens</div> - 2009
Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period with a sand/clay matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

45 to 50 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérome Héranval
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Decanter
96
Wine Enthusiast
90/92
Vinum
1 7
Jancis Robinson
17
Wine spectator
90
L'Express magazine
18
Le Point
17,5
Neal Martin, the wine advocate
89
Bettane & Desseauve
16,5

The 2008 offers superb classical style, a pure expression of what one can expect of a great Margaux in a year in which the great terroirs and the expertise of the wine makers can really shine. The bouquet is fresh and intense, with notes of liquorice, blackcurrant and violet, complemented by hints of spices (pepper, vanilla) and minerals that provide extra substance. In the mouth, the 2008 expresses its noble character, with a powerful yet elegant texture. Its minerality and distinguished character reflect the grandeur of the terroir. The finish is very long and powerful, while at the  same time remaining elegant and smooth. This is an aristocratic wine that can be laid down for many years.

From September 26th to October 17th of 2008

75 % cabernet sauvignon, 22 % merlot and 3 % cabernet franc

18 months of ageing in 45 to 50 % of new oak

<div>Château Durfort Vivens</div> - 2008
Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period with a sand/clay matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

45  to 50 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérome Héranval
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Decanter
16,5
Winedoctor
16,5 / 17,5
Steve Tanzer
88 / 91
Weinwisser
17
Le Point
15,5
Wine Enthusiast
89
Vinous
88/91

This vintage has presented remarkable balance in its early years since bottling. The nose is very aromatic, with a very pure expression of red fruits (raspberries blackcurrants and blackberries) emphasized with hints of flowers (violets), spices (Szechuan pepper) and very fresh mineral notes. 

In the mouth, the texture is full-bodied and silky. The tannin structure offers outstanding freshness and elegance with a very persistent finish that combines fruit and spices.

From September 27th to October 12 of 2007

74 % cabernet sauvignon,  21 % merlot and 5 % cabernet franc

18 months of ageing in 45 to 50 % of new oak

<div>Château Durfort Vivens</div> - 2007
Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period with a sand/clay matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectares

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

45 to 50 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérome Héranval
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Le Point
15,5 / 16
Winedoctor
14,5 / 15,5
Bettane & Desseauve
15,5 / 16
René Gabriel
16

An intense crimson colour that is almost black in the centre, with hints of violet, gives an early indication of the wine's concentration and strength. This impression is confirmed in the mouth with an elegant fruity flavour with notes of blackberry, elderberry and a touch of sweet spiciness.

Very good length, elegance minerality and the deep fruitiness show the potential of this exceptional wine which combines classic style with innovation.

From September 18th to October 6th of 2006

70 % cabernet sauvignon and 30 % merlot

18 months of ageing in 43 % of new oak

<div>Château Durfort Vivens</div> - 2006
Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectare including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period with a sand/clay matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

43 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérome Héranval
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Jancis Robinson
16
Winedoctor
14,5 / 15,5
Bettane & Desseauve
16,5
Revue du Vin de France
15,5
Wine Enthusiast
90

An intense crimson colour that is almost black in the centre, with hints of violet, gives an early indication of the wine's concentration and strength. This impression is confirmed in the mouth with an elegant fruity flavour with notes of blackberry, elderberry and a touch of sweet spiciness.

Very good length, elegance, minerality and the deep fruitiness show the potental of this exceptional wine which combines classic style with innovation.

From September 23rd to October 3rd of 2005

67 % cabernet sauvignon, 25 % merlot and 8 % cabernet franc

22 months of ageing in 45 % of new oak

<div>Château Durfort Vivens</div> - 2005
Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period with a sand/clay matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

45 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérome Héranval
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Winedoctor
16
Wine spectator
92
Decanter
17
Bettane & Desseauve
15,5
Revue du Vin de France
17
Wine Enthusiast
89

The 2004 vintage has a deep crimson colour with shades of violet. The nose is intense and complex with aromas of fresh berries, a touch of blackcurrants and blackberries and then spices and pepper.

In the mouth the tannins are of excellent quality ; good length and a hint of vanilla make this a vintage with lots of character. The wine is powerful but elegant, proving itself in its length, richness in fruit and freshness.

From September 29th to October 16th of 2004

60 % cabernet sauvignon,  35 % merlot and 5 % cabernet franc

18 months of ageing in 45 % of new oak

<div>Château Durfort Vivens</div> - 2004
Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period with a sand/clay matrix

6600 to 8300 plants/hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

45 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérôme Héranval
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Decanter
****
Vinum
17
Bettane & Desseauve
16,5
Le Point
17,5
Winedoctor
17,5
Revue du Vin de France
16
Wine Enthusiast
92

The 2003 vintage is a powerful wine with an intense crimson colour with hints of violet. Aromas of very ripe fruit and spicy notes of pepper are supported by an elegant minerality.

Even through this vintage suffered from the heat, the wine expresses plenty of freshness in the mouth combined with ripe fruit. A fine example that a hot year is able to produce wines with elegance, ripening and freshness.

From september 9th to 24th of 2003
61 % cabernet sauvignon, 24 % merlot and 5 % cabernet franc
14 months of ageing in 45 % of new oak
<div>Château Durfort Vivens</div> - 2003
Margaux
2nd Classified Growth of 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period with a sand/clay matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

45 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérome Héranval
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Decanter
****
Revue du Vin de France
****
Vinum
16,5
Wine spectator
89 / 91
Le Point
15
Winedoctor
15,5

Durfort-Vivens 2002 has an intense bright ruby colour. The bouquet offers exceptional precision and aromatic complexity. Initially spicy and peppery with notes of blackberries and strawberries and then aromas of black pepper and ginger. It starts off very smooth and generous. Full and delicate in the mouth. The excellent fresh finish is upheld by the persistence of the mineral and spicy aromas.

From September 17th to October 14th of 2002
80 % cabernet sauvignon 13 % merlot and 7 % cabernet franc
18 months of ageing in 50 % of new oak
<div>Château Durfort Vivens</div> - 2002
Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravel from the Quaternary period with a sand/clay matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

40 % de barriques neuves de chêne français à grain fin
Gonzague Lurton
Jérome Héranval
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Revue du Vin de France
***(*)
Bettane & Desseauve
15,5
Le Courrier Vinicole
Decanter
****
Vinum
17

The 2001 vintage was a surprise. It has a deep crimson colour with hints of violet. The nose is splendidly powerful, but once again, elegance prevails. The aromas recal pickled plums, blackberries and elderberries, combined with a blend of vanilla and sweet spices and a dark chocolate finish.

The structure is very present and the wines shows great complexity, yet still needs a few more years to open up fully. Magnificient length, minerality and freshness in the mouth. This vintage is definitively a match for the 2000.

From September 27th to October 2nd of 2001
67 % cabernet sauvignon, 24 % merlot and 9 % cabernet franc
18 months of ageing in 59% of new oak
<div>Château Durfort Vivens</div> - 2001
Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period with a sand/clay matrix

6600 à 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

50 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérome Héranval
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Decanter
****
Revue du Vin de France
****
Vinum
16,5
Wine spectator
90
Winedoctor
15,5
Wine Enthusiast
90
Bettane & Desseauve
15,5

The legendary vintage of 2000 has a young deep crimson colour. The nose offers opulence and concentration with intense aromas of plum, blackberry, red pepper and violets. This wine needs substantial aeration to develop its richness and complexity with an elegant minerality. This balance remains very persistent in the mouth.

From September 25th to October 7th of 2000. Hand-picking in crates
67 % cabernet sauvignon, 24 % merlot and 9 % cabernet franc

20 months of ageing in 40 % of new oak

<div>Château Durfort Vivens</div> - 2000
Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period with a sand/clay matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

45 to 50 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérome Héranval
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Decanter
****
Le Point
17
Wine spectator
91
Bettane & Desseauve
16

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Vivens / Le relais de Durfort Vivens

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. The excellent climatic conditions during harvest allowed us to achieve perfect ripeness for the fruit from each parcel. A bright colour of intense ruby red with garnet reflections. On the nose, intense, elegant and complex, first with aromas of red fruit and white flowers. On aeration, smooth notes of cigar leaf, Espelette pepper, liquorice and vanilla pod. The attack on the palate is full and fresh. The balance is remarkable and the texture fine and silky. The taster will appreciate the very fine elegance of this wine, faithful to the style of the great wines of Margaux, leading to the remarkable finish with an explosion of freshness and impressive length with floral and fruity notes accompanied by a pleasant impression of sweetness. It will go wonderfully with roast poultry, a rack of lamb or creamy cheeses such as Mont d’Or. While this young vintage is already showing a very fine beginning, it has the potential to last 10 to 15 years.

From September 19th to October 15th of 2014

75% cabernet sauvignon and 25% merlot

16 months of ageing in 30 %  of new oak

Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period (Günz and Mindel) with a sand/clay matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

30 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérôme Héranval
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2013 was the first vintage of full conversion to biodynamic methods, following gradual implementation since 2009. Bright garnet colour with glints of violet. Intense nose, harmoniously combining notes of red fruit (strawberry, cherry) with scents of white flowers and pepper. After aeration, the bouquet gains further intensity and complexity with the development of notes of cigar leaves, mineral notes and black fruit (blueberry), underscored by a very gentle hint of maple syrup. On the palate, the attack is clean and fresh. The structure shows good balance supported by silky tannins. Overall, there is an elegant freshness and great finesse. The finish is long, with well-integrated notes of red fruit. A very harmonious wine, characterized by finesse and freshness, that can be enjoyed now, or aged for another three to five years. It will go very well with delicate dishes such as poultry and fish, or even strawberries, served fresh in a salad.

From September 27th to October 6th of 2013

85% cabernet sauvignon and 15% merlot

12 months of ageing in 20 % of new oak

Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period (Günz and Mindel) with a sand/clay matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

20 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérome Héranval
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On this vintage, we focused on the fruitiness and finesse. The nose is still a little buttered. It expresses nice aromas of red berries (redcurrant and blueberry, violet and blond tobacco. On the palate, the attack is smooth and evolves towards a fine and fresh texture.

The wine is at the same time fleshy, juicy and fruity. It tastes like a candy. The finish is quite long and elegant with notes of fresh fruit and vanilla. It will perfectly match with a rib of beef, risotto with ceps and cheeses.

From October 4th to 14th of 2012. Hand-picking in crates

75% cabernet sauvignon and 25% merlot

12 months of ageing in 20 %  of new oak

Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period with a sand/clay matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

20 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérôme Héranval
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An exercice in balance. A vintage in which we made fruit and finesse the priority. The nose, still a little buttery, expresses lovely notes of red fruit (redcurrants), dark fruit (blueberries), violets, and light tobacco. On the palate the attack is very smooth and evolves with a fresh, refined texture. Very pleasant, fruity, fullbodied character. A delicious sweetmeat. The finish is moderately long and elegant with notes of fresh fruit and vanilla. Although only recently bottled, this wine already makes a fine accompaniment to numerous dishes or can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif, perhaps enhanced with little fine charcuterie or fresh cheese.

From september 9th to October 23rd of 2011

76% cabernet sauvignon and 24% merlot

12 months of ageing in 20 %  of new oak

 

Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period (Günz and Mindel) with a sand/clay matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

20 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérôme Héranval
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An exceptional vintage with a great capacity to age. The power and distinguished character of the 2010 is already apparent in the intense, deep, complex bouquet which offers black fruit, truffles and spices (fresh ginger and nutmeg). Aeration reveals intense floral (violets, lilies) and mineral notes. The palate is also remarkable for its power and superb construction. This vintage's exceptional maturity can already be appreciated, but it is very clear that a little more ageing will refine and further reveal this jewel. But if you cannot wait then a good accompaniment would be grilled red meat (rib of beef).

From September 30th to October 20th of 2010

84% cabernet sauvignon and 16% merlot

16 months of ageing in 30 %  of new oak

Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period (Günz and Mindel) with a sand/clay matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

30 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérôme Héranval
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A fine expression of the richness of a very generous vintage. The colour is a bright, deep ruby. The intense, ripe bouquet presents delightfully complex dark fruit, such as blackberries and blackcurrants, underscored by notes of white flowers (lilies) and spices (Szechuan pepper).

The palate benefits from a clean, fresh attack, and develops a very rich, full-bodied structure with silky tannins. The red fruit dominates. The finish is long and rich. To accompany this very voluptuous wine, we recommend a cream of chanterelle soup with black truffle shavings followed by a salad of wild berries.

From September 28th to October 14th of 2009

85% cabernet sauvignon and 15% merlot

16 months of ageing in 20 %  of new oak

 

Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period (Günz and Mindel) with a sand/clay matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

20 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérôme Héranval
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Superb structure. Intense, bright, deep garnet colour with glints of ruby. The nose is still a little closed and needs to be well aerated in a decanter. It then expresses a beautiful combination of red fruit, liquorice and spices. On the palate, the attack is direct and fresh. The structure is very clean and well-balanced. This wine offers pleasant vinosity and maturity. The finish is long and well-structured. The consistency of this vintage makes it suitable to accompany richly-flavoured meat dishes such as duck breast or stewed game (venison and hare).

From October 12 to 27th of 2008

86% cabernet sauvignon and 14% merlot

18 months of ageing in 15%  of new oak

Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period (Günz and Mindel) with a sand/clay matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

15% of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérôme Héranval
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All the finesse and the elegance of Margaux. The colour is not very intense but offers a bright, elegant garnet. The bouquet is intense, elegant and complex. It gracefully combines notes of freshly picked well-ripened red fruit, spices (curry), flowers and white truffles. The palate offers lots of freshness on the attack and remarkable elegance in its refined, silky structure. There are lovely subtle roasted notes. The wine's substance is characterized more by its finesse than its power. The finish is long and fresh with lots of fruit. This very elegant wine is a wonderful accompaniment to delicate dishes such as white fish, for example turbot with sorrel, line-caught sea bass in a salt crust or monkfish poached in milk. It is also very agreeable by itself for the cook during the preparation of these dishes.

From September 27th to October 12th of 2007

75% cabernet sauvignon and 25% merlot
12 months of ageing in 20 % of new oak
Margaux
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
65 hectares including 55 hectares of vines

Deep gravels from the Quaternary period (Günz and Mindel) with a sand/clay matrix

6600 to 8300 plants / hectare

Wooden and concrete vats which capacities will enable to vinify each plot separately

20 % of new Bordeaux type barrels made from fine grain oak

Gonzague Lurton
Jérôme Héranval
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