Peter Maude Fine Wines
2020, Château Durfort Vivens, MARGAUX 2ème Grand Cru Classé
$105.80 inc. GST
Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Deep ruby colour. Ripe cherry, toasted spices, baked vanilla and fresh blackcurrant on the nose. The palate is slick and polished, black fruit intertwining with fresher red cherry. The tannins are ripe but this has some pretty big tannins, sinewy and muscular, with the floral side of Cabernet on full display. Majors on savoury fruits, tobacco leaf and rosemary spices. A wine that shows a classically balanced Margaux, not an exuberant one. Takes its time, and as it opens up a sweeter raspberry puree appears showing texture and depth with slate minerality on the finish. 94 Jane Anson, Decanter
The 2020 Durfort-Vivens is an exotic, full-throttle wine. Heat and lack of rain between May and August yielded small berries with naturally concentrated juice. That comes through in the wine's ripe, luscious personality. Small berries yielded a Durfort of tremendous richness. I imagine the 2020 will need quite a bit of time in bottle to be at its best. Today, it is quite the powerhouse. 93-95 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.