Alright folks, so I promised you on the 101 on Chateau Durfort Vivens and here it goes. As any other great French brands, the story always started out with a noble family behind it. And the story goes like this, Chateau 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 estate was at the height of its fam
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 1865 classification confirmed his opinion, ranking the wine as a Second Cru Classe. In 1937, the estate was bought by the company owning Chateau Margaux, whose main shareholder at that time was the Lurton family. In 1961 Lucien Lurton, a great lover and protector of wine producing terroirs, acquired and restored in this exceptional vineyard. In 1992, his son Gonzague inherited the property – in which he modernised the operation with a view to develop the terroir’s unique qualities.
The vinification process in their newest facilities were designed with a view to optimise the selection of parcels (wooden and concrete vats with capacities to match the size of each parcel). Vinification is carried out in accordance with the tannic characteristics of the grapes. The press wines from each vat are separated into barrels before undergoing a selection procedure. This work, based entity on the tasting of the musts and then the wines, culminates in the subtle alchemy of blending, enabling the fruit of each parcel to transcend in an incomparable ensemble. The wines then are matured in barrels in the cellars at a naturally controlled temperature and humidity. In addition, the selection and monitoring of the quality of the barrels, racking procedures, maturing times and the appropriate quantity of egg whites for the fining process are all determined through continuous tasting and analysis. It is by after all of these operations enable the wine to develop and then age in harmony. So, after knowing all these, I hope you all won’t be hesitated to invite this lovely French-born-companion on your dinner table. (oh and yes, all the informations are provided by the Chateau Durfort Vivens team! Merci beaucoup!)