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Château la Vieille Cure Red Bordeaux Blend Fronsac 2011

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"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

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Château La Vieille Cure:
With its twenty hectares in one single plot, Chateau 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 metres and not only drinks up the sun, but also enjoys good drainage. This situation ma... Read more
With its twenty hectares in one single plot, Chateau 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 metres and not only drinks up the sun, but also enjoys good drainage. This situation makes the grapes that grow here 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 recognised the exceptional potential of the estate. A large part of the vineyard was remodelled 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 aging in casks was begun. The overall objective of these investments was to make high quality wines capable of world-wide distribution. The new owners launched a sales programme for the wines that are exclusively chateau bottled. Chateau La Vielle Cure used to be little known, but is now exported to more than 20 countries. However the main market remains France, with Britain and the United States in second and third positions respectively These improvements are still far from being complete. The owners are driven by perfectionism and intend to continue with their efforts to raise their wine to be amongst the highest ranking in the Libourne area. Read less

Member Reviews for Château la Vieille Cure Red Bordeaux Blend Fronsac

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Snooth User: Nick Brown
100095168
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 11/23/2008

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: ttutony
407981,093
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 07/23/2009

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.


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,449
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 12/20/2009

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.


Snooth User: Stoney321
12201088
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 02/21/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: Agent White
2804779
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 06/25/2007

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.


Snooth User: gpatlanta
70662053
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 01/09/2011

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.


Snooth User: Portoisgood
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2003 01/02/2009

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!


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External Reviews for Château la Vieille Cure Red Bordeaux Blend Fronsac

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/05/2012

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


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 05/22/2011

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


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Vintage: 2009 10/06/2012

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.


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Vintage: 2009 10/06/2012

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!


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2009 03/03/2012

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


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2009 08/04/2012

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


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2008 03/19/2013

Soft, complex aromas of tobacco leaf, licorice, black cherries and black currants jump from the glass of this medium to dark ruby-colored 2008. This seductive, silky, mid-weight, savory, heady offering should be consumed over the next 5-7 years. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 La Vieille Cure 750ml


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"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

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