2010 Durfort-Vivens, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
Sappy and intense, with a tongue-coating feel to the crushed plum and cherry preserve notes. Long and silky through the finish, with black tea and iron lurking. (Web-2011)
A chewy red, with blackberry and blueberry character and polished tannins. Full, with a solid core of fruit. Serious finish. Balanced and attractive.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon, 26% merlot and 4% cabernet franc) Fully saturated purple-ruby. Very ripe, complex aromas of black cherry, plums macerated in alcohol, crushed stone and coffee, lifted by a violet topnote. Sweet, lush and generous, conveying a strong impression of dry extract; the rich flavors are similar to the aromas. The long finish is youthfully tannic and chewy.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Following decades of mediocrity, this property has finally produced a wine worthy of reviewing. A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, the 2010 (13.9% alcohol) possesses a dark purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of spring flowers, black currants, blueberries and damp earth. Medium-bodied, elegant and concentrated with more depth, richness and texture than other recent vintages, it will benefit from 6-8 years of cellaring and should drink well over the following two decades.