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Durfort Vivens 2007
Margaux, Second Growth
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Tasted at the UGC in London. This Durfort-Vivens is adorned with a surprising nose: I was expecting an overt leafy character but it actually has admirable fruit concentration, interwoven with subtle tobacco and cigar-box aromas. The palate is medium-bodied, quite chewy texture with blackberry, raspberry leaf and a dried citrus, almost sour edge towards the finish. Moderate length. This constitutes a respectable Margaux for early drinking. Drink now-2015. Tasted November 2009.
Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2010-2015 01 May 2010
This dark ruby-colored 2007 possesses aromas of plum sauce, berry fruit, juicy black currants, and a hint of herbs. It is an attractive, mid-weight, fleshy wine with good purity and depth. Enjoy it over the next decade.
Robert Parker, robertparker.com Maturity: 2010-2020 01 April 2010
Displays blackberry and mulberry, with fresh vanilla bean aromas. Medium-bodied, offering good fruit, silky tannins and vanilla and chocolate flavors. Racy. Best after 2011. 8,335 cases made.
James Suckling, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2011+ 01 January 2010
First vintage of the attractive new retro label inspired by the 19th century. Very dark - really quite unusually dark. This tastes as though an enormous amount of effort has gone into trying to compensate for the vintage's failures. It's still a bit austere but top marks for effort! (16- Points)
Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2011-2017 27 October 2009
Bright medium ruby. Good lift to the aromas of blackberry, licorice and violet. Juicy, pure and on the lean side but with a subtle sweetness and good flavor intensity. The sweet fruit holds nicely to the end, which features mouthdusting tannins and good persistence. A rather stylish wine, dominated by its cabernet side today.
Score: 86 - 89
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar 01 May 2008