CHÂTEAU DURFORT-VIVENS is a winery in the Margaux region of Bordeaux.

OWNER Gonzague Lurton since 1993, succeeding his father Lucien Lurton

1855 CLASSIFICATION 2nd Growth.

VINEYARDS, TERROIR In 2017 there were around 55 hectares (123 acres) of vines in the communes of Margaux, Cantenac and Soussans.

BIODYNAMICS The conversion to organics and ultimately biodynamics began in 2009 on around 20% of the estate. Only from 2013 was the entire vineyard farmed biodynamically (see certification, below).

CERTIFICATION Full biodynamic certification (Demeter France) from the 2016 vintage. 11/2017 Still certified.

WINES, WINE STYLE Durfort-Vivens is one of Bordeaux’s most under-appreciated classed growths. At its best it is a classic, Cabernet Sauvignon-based claret which ages extremely well and has a wonderful understated rigour to it.

CHÂTEAU DURFORT-VIVENS, MARGAUX 2009 Notable for its backbone. 2012 A success in what was an otherwise unfancied vintage due to September rains. 2013 Machine picked to save the crop, moderate at best.

CONTACT Château Durfort-Vivens, F-33460 Margaux (Gironde), France / +33 (0)5.57.88.31.02 / www.durfort-vivens.com