Château Durfort-Vivens: Vineyards

The original Château Durfort-Vivens sits in the commune of Margaux, surrounded by some of the most famous names of the Margaux appellation. Château Margaux sits just to the northeast, Château Marquis de Terme is to the southwest, Château Lascombes to the west, and Château Malescot St-Exupéry to the north, although this is such a hotspot for the appellation that these are just a handful of nearby famous names. As I have already discussed in my profile the Durfort-Vivens château now goes by the name of Château Marojallia, but the cellars of Château Durfort-Vivens sit directly adjacent to it.

Château Durfort-Vivens

Today the vineyards of Château Durfort-Vivens account for approximately 55 hectares of the Margaux appellation, planted on gravelly soils across Margaux, Cantenac and Soussans, three of the communes which are eligible for the Margaux appellation. These gravelly soils date from the Quaternary period and run up and down the Médoc. The grape varieties planted have been dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon for a long time, accounting for about 70% of the surface area of the vineyard. Today this situation persists, with just 24% of the vineyard dedicated to Merlot and 6% to Cabernet Franc. The vines are planted at densities of 6,600 up to 7,700 vines per hectare, climbing to 8,300 vines per hectare with more recent plantings.

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