Durfort Vivens 2009


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Tasting Notes

Delicious notes of black olives, unsmoked cigar tobacco, black currants and black cherries jump from the glass of this plump, aromatic, silky, medium to full-bodied Margaux. One of the finest Durfort Vivens yet produced, it is filled with purity and elegance. Enjoy it over the next 15-20 years.

Score: 89Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (199), March 2012

Normally the proprietor at this estate refuses to let me taste, so I was surprised when he did so this year. The 2009 Durfort Vivens is an attractive, soft, velvety-textured wine revealing a hint of tapenade intermixed with black currant and blackberry fruit. Medium-bodied and elegant with the silkiness and precision that make this vintage so alluring, it should drink well for 15-20 years. (Tasted once.) Drink 2010-2030.

Score: 87/89+Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

Tasted at a negociant. This is a little tight on the nose, but I like the purity and the definition here and unlike in recent years there is no sign of any under-ripeness (an nor should there be you may argue.) Blackberry, plum, cedar and a touch of graphite. The palate is medium-bodied, plump on the entry and then obvious over-maturity on the finish that lacks freshness. This is so disappointing after a pleasurable nose. Tasted March 2010.

Score: 82/84Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010

Loads of dried flowers, currant and blackberry. Chewy and full. Velvety tannins. Solid core of fruit.

Score: 89/92James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010

Gonzague Lurton's wine will have a beautiful new label in 2009 based on a 19th century engraving. The wine is equally impressive with a deep black colour, good density of fruit and polished tannins. Beautifully balanced, big and ripe yet classically Margaux and elegant. Without doubt the best young Durfort that we have ever tasted.

Score: 16Farr Vintners, April 2010

The mix of wood smoke and violets gives the nose an appealing fragrance. It seems lighter more red fruit inspired but then towards the back powerful black fruits emerge enriching. The finish though has the freshness of red cherry giving it an appealing elegance. Drink 2018-2040.

Score: 89/93Derek Smedley MW, April 2010

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