La Vieille Cure 92swj 2001

Winemaker's Notes:

"Mellow blackish-red, light at the rim. Aromas that call to mind plums, black cherries, wood, and a whiff of charcoal. Nice lead pencil/graphite and black fruits on the palate, with hints of campfire. Tannins are moderate, but overall this is very well balanced. A touch of woodspice/underbrush on the moderately long finish. Beautiful claret that reminds me of what Bordeaux used to taste like before the proliferation of new oak, micro-oxygenation techniques, and reverse osmosis machines...92" SWJ 01/13 "Over recent years, La Vieille Cure has become one of the leading estates of Fronsac. Its style is one of opulence, complexity, and sexy, up-front fruit, but with enough tannin and structure to age for a decade. The 2001 is a worthy successor to their brilliant 2000. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of incense, kirsch liqueur, black currants, and spice box. Low acidity, ripe tannin, and a plump, fleshy texture all add to the allure of this beautifully made, pure wine...90" WA 07/04

Region: France » Bordeaux » Fronsac

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Color: Red
Variety: Bordeaux Blend
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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

"Mellow blackish-red, light at the rim. Aromas that call to mind plums, black cherries, wood, and a whiff of charcoal. Nice lead pencil/graphite and black fruits on the palate, with hints of campfire. Tannins are moderate, but overall this is very well balanced. A touch of woodspice/underbrush on the moderately long finish. Beautiful claret that reminds me of what Bordeaux used to taste like before the proliferation of new oak, micro-oxygenation techniques, and reverse osmosis machines...92" SWJ 01/13 "Over recent years, La Vieille Cure has become one of the leading estates of Fronsac. Its style is one of opulence, complexity, and sexy, up-front fruit, but with enough tannin and structure to age for a decade. The 2001 is a worthy successor to their brilliant 2000. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of incense, kirsch liqueur, black currants, and spice box. Low acidity, ripe tannin, and a plump, fleshy texture all add to the allure of this beautifully made, pure wine...90" WA 07/04

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