2018 Durfort-Vivens (Margaux)

70% Cabernet Sauvignon/23% Merlot/7% Cabernet Franc. Yield 10 hl/ha. Vinification carried out in amphorae because quantities were so small, then elevage in barrique. Intense. Plum, thyme, lozenges. (NT 30/04/19)
Origin
Margaux, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
Colour
red
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
Farming Style
biodynamic
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
young
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Quantity
3
Wine Score
94 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019 16.5 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019

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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

Another biodynamic estate that suffered low yields in 2018, clocking in at just 12hl/ha. But it has done a brilliant job with the remaining juice: all the winemaking was done in amphorae because the vats were too big for the small production, with 70% of the wine moved into new oak barrels after malolactic fermentation for ageing, the other 30% staying in the amphorae. It`s hugely inky in colour, totally beautiful, with gourmet dark chocolate and damson notes that fill out the mid-palate. There`s less Cabernet in the blend than usual but they have kept the elegance, with perhaps a touch more softness in overall texture than is usual in Durfort at this stage. The extremely fine tannins make this feel effortless and it doesn`t suffer from the over-concentration that is always a risk at these yields.Drink 2027 - 2042. 94 points

Julia Harding

Fermented in amphora – that wasn’t the original intention but they had just had the amphorae delivered for ageing the second wine and needed smaller vats for this one. Part aged in oak and part in amphora. Barrel sample. Deep purple red. Riper fruit style than the Ferrière. Damson and black plum. Then surprisingly savoury on the palate, all a little unmeshed at the moment with the ripeness of fruit and the acidity as counterpoints but everything is there for long-term harmony. Chewy, charry tannins are dense but smoothed. The whole is generous and surprisingly supple even with this charge of tannins, then that ripe fruit comes back on the generous finish. 16.5 points

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