Le Relais de Durfort-Vivens, Margaux, France, 2014


Full-time wine drinker, occasional politician Thomas Jefferson ranked this winery directly after Ch. Lafite-Rothschild, Ch. Latour and Ch. Margaux after trying their wines in the early 1800s. Not bad company to keep. A mixture of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot, we got a serious thirst on when writing the tasting notes for this.....and just imagine this wine with our roast beef dinner. Devilish.


Red fruits. Blueberry. Violet. Sweet tobacco. Vanilla.


Blackberry. Palma violets. Warm. Spicy. Rich.


“The feeling was that 2014 was a Cabernet vintage due to the long hangtime that Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc love, and this certainly favoured the Left Bank. However, looking at the proportion of Merlot now planted in the Médoc, this was not the sole cause for quality. Words like “clarity”,”precision”, “fragrance” and “freshness” abounded in my notes and in the leaflets produced by the châteaux and while Merlot’s ripe black fruits were present, blending perfectly with the firmer Cabernets, words like “plummy”, “rich” and “robust” were hardly mentioned.” – Steven Spurrier – Decanter Magazine