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Château Durfort-Vivens

Grand Cru Classé 1855

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Château Durfort-Vivens is a very interesting winery to visit. Behind the unpretentious entrance lays hidden a 6 centuries old wine making history.
The chateau was first created by the Durforts de Duras, a powerful Bordeaux region family, who came to Margaux region in the 14th century . Initially it was only a hunting lodge surrounded by marchland (the family also owned the nearby nearby Château Lamothe, later renamed Château Margaux.).
The domain stayed in the property of Durfort family until 1824 when it was purchased by M. de Vivens, who renamed it to Château Durfort Vivens (The across the street chateau Marojallia used to belong to the Durforts and it was their living quarters) .
During his visit to Bordeaux in 1775, Thomas Jefferson noted the quality of the Durfort wines, placing them immediately after Lafite, Margaux and Haut-Brion . This consistent quality of the wine was recognized also the 1855 classification, where Durfort-Vivens received the title of second classified growth of the Medoc.
Chateau Durfort-Vivens bears the Margaux Appelation.
The vineyard covers 55ha divided into 70% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet-Franc.
The vats are made of wood and uncoated cement (the cement vats are nicely decorated with ceramics that describe the vine growing work around the year).
Chateau Durfort-Vivens practices an environmentally responsible viticulture.

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Longitude: -0.6754
Visiting Hours:The chateau can be visited by appointment.
Phone: +33 (0)5 57 88 31 02


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