Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: February 22, 2015 (JS-90)
A wine with wet earth, herbs and currants. Chocolate and blueberries too. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. A bit hard now so give it two or three years to soften.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VINTAGE
Chateau Durfort-Vivens 2012 has a superb colour, deep ruby with garnet reflections. It is intense and complex on the nose, which delicately combines red fruits like Morello cherry and red currant with yellow plum, notes of white flowers (lilacs), spices (Cayenne pepper, liquorice), and a slight hint of tobacco and cigar box. The aromas from ageing are already remarkably well integrated with the softness of warm brioche. The elegant fragrance is supported by fresh mineral characters. The palate is a pure expression of the elegance and finesse of the greatest wines of Margaux. The attack is clean and fresh. The texture is finely crafted with silky and charming tannins that extend the finish harmoniously, with a wonderful mineral freshness in the tradition of the great terroirs of Margaux. This 2012 from Durfort-Vivens invit’stasters to let themselves be carried away by its soft sensations of balance, harmony and finesse, offering them all the elegance and richness of its terroir.
From October 4th to 14th of 2012. Hand-picking in crates
79 % cabernet sauvignon, 19 % merlot and 2 % cabernet franc
18 months of ageing in 50% of new oak