Château la Vieille Cure Red Bordeaux Blend Fronsac 2005
Full ruby. Kirsch and licorice on the nose. Fat, dense and sweet, if a bit youthfully monolithic. At once plump and primary, with lively flavors of black fruits and bitter chocolate. Finishes with nicely buffered tannins and a rich chocolatey nuance.Add winemaker's notes
Three and a half glasses
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Full ruby. Kirsch and licorice on the nose. Fat, dense and sweet, if a bit youthfully monolithic. At once plump and primary, with lively flavors of black fruits and bitter chocolate. Finishes with nicely buffered tannins and a rich chocolatey nuance.
Dark in color, showing lots of blackberry and licorice aromas, with a hint of tar. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and plenty of ripe fruit and smoky oak. Fun and interesting. Best after 2010.
This is really beautiful and balanced, with berry and light vanilla character. Full-bodied, densely balanced yet refined and caressing. Beautiful wine. From American owner Colin Ferrenbach. Best after 2006.
Chateau La Vieille Cure, a perennial Fronsac favorite, produced another beauty in 2005. Merlot based, the wine has wonderful fruit aromas, backed up with good structure and balance on the palate. From perhaps the best estate in the value haven of Fronsac, this Merlot-dominated Bordeaux is rich, complex and a steal at the price! 2005 is a dream vintage in Bordeaux, and this wine is not to be missed. With its twenty hectares in one single plot, Château La Vieille Cure already appears on a famous map of the Guyenne region, known as the Belleyme map, dated 1780. The vines grow on plateaux and slopes that are lucky enough to be turned to the south west. The estate runs along the River Isle at a height of 65 meters and not only drinks up the sun, but also enjoys good drainage. This situation makes the grapes that grow there generously ripe and in perfect condition. The property has been greatly renovated since it was bought by American friends at the end of 1986, who are great Bordeaux lovers and who recognized the exceptional potential of the estate. A large part of the vineyard was remodeled and replanted, without of course touching the very old vines of which one plot is a hundred years old. A new cellar was built with the latest equipment and ageing in casks was begun. The overall objective of these investments was to make high quality wines capable of world-wide distribution.
Rich aromas of coffee and raspberries with hints of plums. Medium-bodied, with velvety tannins and smoky finish. Very fine. Best after 2005.
La Vieille Cure's amazing 2005 is even better than their terrific 2003 and 2000. The 2005 boasts an inky/ruby color as well as a gorgeously sweet perfume of charcoal, black cherries, black currants, and spring flowers as well as an underlying mineral component. Superb concentration, full-bodied power, wonderful symmetry, purity, and texture, and a multidimensional mouthfeel are all found in this fabulous sleeper of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020+
The following sleeper of the vintage strongly suggests that La Vieille Cure is becoming one of Fronsac's two or three finest estates. The finest wine yet made at La Vieille Cure, the 2003 should be on the shopping lists of consumers seeking tremendous quality/price rapport. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of scorched earth, black raspberries, creme de cassis, and notions of cherries, smoke, and crushed rocks. This big, full-bodied, dense, captivating wine is structured as well as exceptionally long. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2018+.