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The winery is located in the municipality of Margaux in the Médoc (Bordeaux) in the area of the same name. Its origins date back to the 15th century, when it was owned by the noble family Comtes Durfort de Duras. At that time, the Duras family also owned vineyards, which were later merged into two independent estates, Château Margaux and Château Lascombes. The later US president Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) and at that time US ambassador noted during his visit in 1775 that the wines were to be classified immediately after Château Haut-Brion, Château Lafite-Rothschild and Château Margaux. At the Bordeaux classification in 1855 it was awarded second place (Deuxième Cru Classé). At the beginning of the French Revolution the family was expropriated in 1789. In 1824, the estate came into the possession of the Vivens family, related to Durfort, who added their name to it. After several changes of ownership, from 1937 to 1961 it was in the same ownership as Château Margaux, where the vinification took place.

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