2009 Durfort-Vivens, Margaux

SKU #1193060 93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (2/2012)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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. (RV) Inner quote mark (8/2010)

90 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Stern, new oak nose, a bit charred, but there’s no lack of violets and dense black fruits. Rich, suave, and very concentrated, but there’s enough acidity to give drive and elegance. Intense, tightly wound and poised, this has great potential. The fruit expression is muted now, but all the components are in place. Very long and finely balanced. (SB) Inner quote mark (3/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2012)


Outer quote mark Inky ruby. Initially quite herbal and woodsy on the nose, but opened to offer blackcurrant and plum aromas with strong hints of tar and ground coffee. Suave, fine-grained and vibrant, but the inky black fruit, cola and herbal flavors currently lack generosity. Durfort-Vivens is never made in a particularly fat or full style, and though this finishes classy and long, with excellent energy and palate-coating persistence and perfume, this '09 will really need at least five or six years of aging to gain sweetness and flesh. (ID) Inner quote mark (5/2010)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2015 | Send Email
A beautifully classic Margaux! Figs, violets, roasted coffee along with savory notes on palate. Quite delicious and with a long finish. Not a power house, as I said it is a classic!

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/12/2015 | Send Email
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This property is making exceptional wines of late and this is the first vintage that we have bought in a substantial amount. Bright fruit and red berry on the nose and palate. Fruit forward, but with great balancing acidity
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