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Château la Vieille Cure Red Bordeaux Blend Fronsac 2011
"Still primal, with sappy kirsch and plum notes. There's also lots of sweet toast to be soaked up, but this has a fleshy edge that belies the vintage's profile...89-92" WS 04/12 "The 2011 (mostly Merlot) struts its stuff with a deep ruby/purple color in addition to lots of creme de cassis, mocha and floral notes. Full-bodied with a juicy, opulent personality, impressive purity, a broad, expansive texture, sweet tannin, and enough acidity for definition and vibrancy in the finish, it should drink well for 10-12+ years. The 2011 is a sleeper of the vintage...90-92" WA 04/12
Three and a half glasses
Purple-tinged red color in the glass. Earthy nose with a touch of oak. On the palate this wine shows concentrated dark fruit flavors with black currant and a great earthy character. Medium body with firm tannins. This is a great Old World blend of merlot with cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon.
Deep purple color. Aromas of leather and earth. Medium bodied with strong hints of dark cherry and leather with a pleasant background of oak and blended tannins. First wine from Fronsac I have tried.
Robert Parker rates this wine a 90-93 and its close (closer to 90 in my humble opinion), but perhaps a bit overrated. Excellent nose of raisons and dark fruit, but a little hot on the palate. Finishes long, a little spicy, a little oak, and a little wet rock. Overall I enjoyed this wine. You will definately want to let this one breathe before you enjoy it. I have the bottle open for about 2 hours. In fact, I would recommend decanting it before you enjoy it.
Delicious. We had two bottles from our cellar last night. Previously we had tried one about two years ago and at the time we thought it was good after it opened up and had high expectations going forward. It is much more open now out of the bottle with very ripe berry flavors and was a tasty addition to our dinner.
I enjoyed this while listening to the New Years concert in Vienna was on the radio. It was given to me as a present from this past birthday. It was a glorious dark ruby in color damn near to opaque except at the rim which shone like a gem, it was so perfectly clear. On the nose succulent black cherry, marion berry and mushroom. Taste, very dry, high tannin, very full body and a long length, very subtle complexity and as smooth as velvet with hints of past ripe berries disappearing into a mouthwatering dry texture leaving one to think of long lost spices, current teas and a time when velvet fainting couches were comfortable. Outstanding!
External Reviews for Château la Vieille Cure Red Bordeaux Blend Fronsac
Still primal, with sappy kirsch and plum notes. Theres also lots of sweet toast to be soaked up, but this has a fleshy edge that belies the vintages profile.-J.M. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 La Vieille Cure 1500ml
75% merlot, 20% cabernet franc and 5% cabernet sauvignon. One-third new oak. Soil structure of a limestone bed with chalky-clay topsoil provided excellent drainage, and this site rivals some of the great St. Emilion estates. Black and blue fruit domi... Neil Mechanic. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 La Vieille Cure 1500ml
Solid, with a nice, pure beam of cassis and blackberry fruit subtly laced with licorice snap and tobacco notes. The polished finish has an iron accent in reserve. Should be a solid midterm ager. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2018.
This is typically one of the finest offerings of Fronsac, but I am not convinced the 2009 will eclipse their magnificent 2005, although it will certainly give the latter wine a run for its money. The opaque purple-hued 2009 offers a beautiful aromati... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 La Vieille Cure 3000ml
Good dusty tannins, lively fruit, a wine that seems very complete. There is a touch of final wood and dark tannins. Wine Enthusiast. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 La Vieille Cure 3000ml
This property has made so many fine efforts lately that it is difficult to say the 2009 is better than their 2005. However, the 2009 is a charming, sexy, dense ruby/purple-colored offering displaying lots of ripe Merlot fruit intermixed with hints of charcoal, black raspberries, black currants, lead pencil shavings and truffles. This full-bodied, pure, nicely textured and layered Fronsac is a sleeper of the vintage that considerably over-performs for its modest price. Drink it over the next 15+ years. This is an obvious great value!
Racy and fresh, with a delicious core of mulled plum and fig fruit liberally laced with bright cassis, violet and chalk notes. The long, mouthwatering finish has nice cut. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2015. -JM Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 La Vieille Cure 750ml