2009 Durfort-Vivens, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
Loads of sweet tobacco and berry character, with hints of chocolate on the nose. Full body, with meat and earth. Juicy finish. Tannins build on the finish. Try this in 2018.
Ripely juicy, a wine that feels fresh as much as rich. It shows extreme berry juice as well as acidity. But there is also some density.
Plump and forward, with a tasty core of dark plum, fig sauce and blackberry preserves rolled together and pushed from behind by apple wood and tobacco notes. A flash of bittersweet cocoa adds length on the finish. Drink now through 2022.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red-ruby. Slightly peppery aromas of sour cherry, tobacco, menthol and herbs. Juicy, penetrating and rather light in body, with sound acidity and good floral and herbal cut giving life to the middle palate. A bit green and dry, but this nicely delineated claret should drink well over the next 10 to 15 years.
*+V Lavender and rose aromas and an elegant entry. Good structure. At UGC: Perfumey nose of black licorice and spice. Lush and long on the palate. Very well made. One of their best to date. Love their old style label. Ralph: Attractive grapey fruit. The best I've had from them. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.