Chateau Durfort-Vivens is an estate steeped in history dating back to the 12th Century. In 1885, at the request of Napeleon III, the finest Bordeaux wineries were classified according to reputation and this estate was designated as 2nd Growth - a prestigious label it proudly wears to this day. Over the years the quality of its wine may have waxed and waned, but current owner Gonzague Lurton is widely praised for having reinvigorated the winery to live up to its 1855 designation.
As a Bordeaux red which firmly falls into 'fine wine' territory, expectations should be kept extremely high for a Margaux of this status. Luckily, this delivers. The body is well structured, with smooth yet chewy tannins, rich and complex flavours ranging from blackcurrant and black cherry, smoke, spice, vanilla and game, and a long, deeply satisfying finish.
A wine that can be enjoyed now (preferably after or during a rich, hearty meal), kept for a suitable occasion, or offered as a very special gift - this is a classic wine which justifies its provenance and price point by simply being exceptional.