The exceptionally mild and wet winter helped to replenish groundwater reserves and enrich the soil mineral content. The cool spring did not slow down growth the risk of disease. Vigilance was required, especially after a period of rain at the end of May. Fortunately, superb weather at the beginning of June created perfect conditions for rapid, uniform flowering. Thanks to the sunshine, optimism was renewed among the team. An attack of mildew was contained late in June, and the vines benefited from an exceptional summer, even if the rather cool July delayed the ripening process. However, better conditions for ripening could not have been hoped for, with a hot, dry end of summer, a little rain mid-September, and then a magnificent Indian summer, whose cool nights helped to preserve the grapes' aromatic freshness. Our efforts were rewarded despite the significant risk of disease, we held on and were rewarded with DEMETER biodynamic certification for the whole of the 2016 harvest.
The harvests produced rich, smooth wines, packed with voluptuous fruit that is bursting with flavours.
From the first vintage when this vineyard was fully certified biodynamic, this wine reveals an estate in its stride. It has richness and great depths along with a line of black fruits and acidity. Concentrated and tannic, the wine will age. Drink this long-lasting wine from 2026.
The 2016 Durfort-Vivens is gorgeous. Cabernet Sauvignon aromatics and structure play off the natural intensity of the year beautifully. Blackberry, grilled herbs, licorice, leather and crème de cassis are all vividly sketched in this layered, expressive Margaux. Readers should expect a dark, exotic Margaux that stands a bit apart from the norm for the appellation.