Fronsac, Libournais

Château La Vieille Cure

Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

The wine I have opened tonight is the 2016 Château La Vieille Cure. 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.

On the nose there is black cherry, blackberry, black plum, bell pepper, black pepper, licorice, violets, oak and earth.

On the palate I am getting nice dark fruit, black cherry, blackberry, plum, green bell pepper, leafy herbs, cassis, black pepper and earth.

The wine is medium to full bodied with mouth watering medium + to high acidity and medium + fine tannins that leads right into a long dark fruit finish. This is a very nice Right Bank Bordeaux. I hope everyone is having a great weekend with family and friends? Please be safe and enjoy the rest of the weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 12 days ago

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Nice producer & even better value.
Jay Kline

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Huge fan of this producer and they have the ability to age for decades. They won’t blow you’re mind but they will surprise.

Château Faugères

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

Ron R

Home alone, and as a result, I can return to some French faves. Regretfully, wifey tastes vomit if it’s anything other than a Napa fruit-bomb. Yes, I’m exaggerating, but you get my point...
This is on another level. 2009 was in my opinion a breakout year for this winery. With the winery renovations complete in 09, and Michel Rolland consulting on the winemaking, it’s easy to see the future state. This is a Merlot blend with double digit cab franc, and a dollop of cab sauv. I poured this pretty much at cellar temp (unusual for a typical Bdx), and it’s simply wonderful at this point.
Nose displays kirsch, nutmeg and a hint of sweet tobacco. The palate explodes with fresh black fruits, brown sugar, bold tannins, and a touch of white pepper. Judicious oak treatment allows the components and winemaking to take center-stage. A very contemporary example, which will sail on for another 15 years, minimum.
@Deborah M, your gentle nudge moved me. While I didn’t decant, I did open it 2hrs prior to tasting 🙂
— 5 days ago

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Ron R

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@Bryan Kesting, like I, just suck it up, and know your role.

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@Ron R Gentlemen a man has to do what a man has to do, drink the wine Cheers 🍷
David T

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Brilliant vintage.

Château Moulin Haut-Laroque

Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend 2003

From a 375. I bought this one 15 years ago for $12 and I’ve been waiting to open it on a Tuesday night with some take out Chinese. I finally found the night! At first, it was very tight and backward. Huge tannins that I thought would never fade. I figured it was a 2003 that was off center And funky. After 30 minutes it was still tight but the black fruit rose out of the glass and the tannins faded revealing a beautiful claret that was a little hard around the edges but offered immense pleasure. Fun to find something that was laying around so long — 16 days ago

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Fine description!

Château Dalem

Fronsac Merlot Cabernet Franc 2001

90% Merlot, 10% Canernet Franc. Some dark fruit, tobacco, and smokiness. Excellent value. — a month ago

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Château L'Eglise-Clinet

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

This showed great concentration & Pomerol character that was balanced with a long finish. Still like most 05’s this needs another 5-10 years. — 4 days ago

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Château Du Gazin

Canon-Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

Very smooth, great color and low acidity — a month ago

Château de Carlmagnus

Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Vintage 2016 / Wine for the cellar, lots of potential. Nice red fruit, sultry touch. Good concentration. I like Fronsac because it can turn to a little wonder after cellaring. — 8 days ago

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Château de la Dauphine

Fronsac Merlot Cabernet Franc 2016

Dan R

Here’s a plump, juicy bdx red with the volume cranked way up. Despite its size and intensity, it manages to stay feeling fresh with a sense of proportion and balance. Dark fruited with an herbal twang. As other tasters noted, CF is noticeable (15% in ‘16). 30% new oak doesn’t feel cumbersome. Love the tannin work here, sweet and grainy, enough to give needed structure but not impede drink-now-ability. Overall I quite enjoyed this, although not my preferred style. After 2 glasses, I‘m guessing the 14.5% is lower than reality. Nevertheless, great party/cocktail wine, killer value - Napa drinkers should back the truck up. — a month ago

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Château Vrai Canon Bouché

Canon-Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Tannins and dust galore. Medium fruit. Satisfying QPR. — a month ago

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Château Taillefer

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

Aged beautifully! Nice nose with some tertiary notes but limited. Still enough fruit there some dark cherries, milk chocolate.
Tanins smoothly integrated. Nice drink on a stormy sunday afternoon!
— 5 days ago

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