Château Dufort-Vivens owes its name to the powerful Durfort de Duras family from the South-West of France which settled in Margaux in the 14th c. The quality of the Durfort wine was already known by the end of the 18th c. and Thomas Jefferson, the future president of the U.S.A. when he was ambassador to France, placed it, in his fascinating travel diary, right after Lafite, Latour and Margaux.
The 1855 classification confirmed the opinion of this great connoisseur by awarding it classified second growth status. In 1824, the viscount de Vivens added his name to that of Durfort. The renown of this estate was such that the 1844 vintage was sold at a higher price than any other second growth in Margaux.
“Apart from that exquisite finesse which is the prerogative of the great growths of Margaux, the wines of Dufort-Vivens are distinctive by their lovely colour and their staying-power,” is the way we described them a few years later (Bordeaux et ses Vins - 1868). Dufort-Vivens passed into the hands of the proprietors of château Margaux in 1937, of which François Lurton was a principal shareholder. His son, Lucien, bought the vineyard, the name and the cellars in 1961.
Since that time he brought the property back to its former glory. Since 1992, it has been Lucien’s son, Gonzague, who has been in charge, overseeing a renovation which has endowed the property with a stateof- the-art facility.