DURFORT-VIVENS...

Two illustrious names merged into one.

The Durfort of Duras who were knights from Quercy in the XIth century and lords of Duras after a match  with the descendant of Bertrand de Goth ( later pope Clement V )arrived at Margaux in the XIV th century where they had a stronghold built.

In 1450, Thomas de Durfort became lord of Margaux.

 

Four centuries later

Four centuries later, Viscount Robert Labat de Vivens, a friend of Montequieu and himself  famous for his research works on the chocking with mud and litter of the Garonne and the Gironde, inherited the estate of the lords of Duras  to which he gave his name. ….Château  Durfort-Vivens was born....The year was 1824.

A flourishing century

The XIX th century was to be a flourishing century ;  classified in 1787 just behind such  châteaux as  Latour, Lafitte and Margaux, the 1844 vintage year was to sell at a higher price than its peers.This classification which took into account the positions secured by those vineyards, foretold the official one of 1855.

Proven and appproved quality

 

Proven and approved quality, since in 1937 it was bought by Chateau Margaux, whose main shareholder is none other than the Lurton family ...

In 1961 Durfort-Vivens became the entire property of Lucien Lurton, who gave it to his son Gonzague in 1992.

1855, the year of the Bordeaux universal exhibition

The Emperor Napoleon III asks each French region to highlight its treasures, the nature of its own. This is the time for Bordeaux to highlight the famous and prestigious wines mentioned by Thomas Jefferson during his visit in Bordeaux a few years earlier ... As wine experts, wine brokers thus establish a ranking, endorsing the traditions and customs of the time according to the ranking those vintage wines already had occupied on the market.

Only present, are classified wines of the left bank, regions Médoc, Sauternes and Barsac, as well as Graves.

This is how our château Durfort-Vivens was raised to the ranking of second classified growth, 5th in its rank. A century later this classification, is indeed present and has never been so close to its origin ... It is a historical and living testimony of the quest for quality of the greatest wines of Bordeaux. It is also an honor and a duty for its members.

 

 

 

Gonzague Lurton

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Gonzague Lurton

As a humanist he likes turning away from the beaten track, cultivating his vine in keeping with his beliefs, respecting Nature and Man thanks to the traditions inherited from his ancestors.

 
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In 1954 his father, Lucien, gradually  became the owner of various classified growths on the left bank that he transmitted  to his children in 1992. Gonzague belongs to the third generation.

After studying business, he took over the reins of the estate and in a green wooded shrine  where the History of the region breathes through the stone, he has enabled this estate to reveal its soul....

Far from polishing the rough diamond,  he will help Lady Nature to raise it to the firmament of the Margaux classified growths.

 Together with his wife Claire Villars-Merlaut they now own château Domeyne at St-Estèphe and Acaibo , at Somona, California.

 
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