Château La Vieille Cure

Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend

8.9507 ratings
8.970 pro ratings
Canon-Fronsac, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Meg Herring

Got so much better after it was open for several hours. Starting to show some aged characteristics. I think you could hold it longer but personally I think it’s great right now.

Got so much better after it was open for several hours. Starting to show some aged characteristics. I think you could hold it longer but personally I think it’s great right now.

Apr 24th, 2019
Will Stanley

This really came into its own on the second night (on the first I decanted for an hour or so, but still felt quite austere). The wine shows no sign of its nine years of age, a fairly rustic expression of the (predominantly Merlot-based) blend with enough fruit to give it longevity. Very full, well balanced and enjoyable. Would enjoy revisiting in eight years. Even the ‘lesser’ wines from 2010 continue to impress.

This really came into its own on the second night (on the first I decanted for an hour or so, but still felt quite austere). The wine shows no sign of its nine years of age, a fairly rustic expression of the (predominantly Merlot-based) blend with enough fruit to give it longevity. Very full, well balanced and enjoyable. Would enjoy revisiting in eight years. Even the ‘lesser’ wines from 2010 continue to impress.

Apr 22nd, 2019
Chris McClellan

Developed, blackcherry and plum, tobacco, wet earth and tobacco...

Developed, blackcherry and plum, tobacco, wet earth and tobacco...

Apr 11th, 2019
Ken Z
9.0

Drank 2/23/19.

Plums, red fruit, soil, and graphite on the nose. Plum, blackberry, earth flavors mix with firm tannins on the drying finish. I would hold this a few more years, but could drink now with a nice steak and an hour decant. Always a quality wine for the money.

3/22/8/4/4

Drank 2/23/19.

Plums, red fruit, soil, and graphite on the nose. Plum, blackberry, earth flavors mix with firm tannins on the drying finish. I would hold this a few more years, but could drink now with a nice steak and an hour decant. Always a quality wine for the money.

3/22/8/4/4

Feb 24th, 2019
Gregory Fulchiero

More developed than I imagined out of magnum - piercing acidity. Tertiary notes of pipe tobacco, moss, and cocoa

More developed than I imagined out of magnum - piercing acidity. Tertiary notes of pipe tobacco, moss, and cocoa

Dec 31st, 2018
Meredith Hu

Pyrazene, brewed tea, tobacco, cigar, leather, mint and cinnamon. Black pepper, clay, stony characters. High/ elevated concentration and deep staining. Medium minus acid, elevated sweet tannins and body. Long finish.

Pyrazene, brewed tea, tobacco, cigar, leather, mint and cinnamon. Black pepper, clay, stony characters. High/ elevated concentration and deep staining. Medium minus acid, elevated sweet tannins and body. Long finish.

Apr 4th, 2018
Weijie Shi (Jay)

Beautiful tertiary notes, mushrooms, forest floor, leather, cease box, tabacco leaves with restrained red fruits. The tannin is slightly bitter but very firm and dusty. A bit hallow on the mid palate but solid one.

Beautiful tertiary notes, mushrooms, forest floor, leather, cease box, tabacco leaves with restrained red fruits. The tannin is slightly bitter but very firm and dusty. A bit hallow on the mid palate but solid one.

Oct 13th, 2017
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

8.8

Perhaps the standard bearer of Fronsac. Smoke, charcoal, savory black fruit, with firm velvety tannins. Alluring and balanced.

Perhaps the standard bearer of Fronsac. Smoke, charcoal, savory black fruit, with firm velvety tannins. Alluring and balanced.

3 people found it helpfulMay 3rd, 2014
Nick Wierda

2012. Great stuff right here. Spices and earth on the nose, currants, blackberries, sour cherry, darker fruits too. Prunes for sure. Maybe a hint of date. Earthy and grippy. Nice structure (I think?) Great mouthfeel, some tannins but not too much. Definitely will buy this again.

2012. Great stuff right here. Spices and earth on the nose, currants, blackberries, sour cherry, darker fruits too. Prunes for sure. Maybe a hint of date. Earthy and grippy. Nice structure (I think?) Great mouthfeel, some tannins but not too much. Definitely will buy this again.

2 people found it helpfulNov 6th, 2018
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9.2

The 2015 La Vieille Cure is superb. Ample and explosive on the palate, with tremendous depth, the 2015 is an arrestingly beautiful wine that never lets up. Red cherry jam, licorice, new leather, blood orange and spice all infuse this flamboyant, spectacularly rich Fronsac. What a wine! (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2018)

The 2015 La Vieille Cure is superb. Ample and explosive on the palate, with tremendous depth, the 2015 is an arrestingly beautiful wine that never lets up. Red cherry jam, licorice, new leather, blood orange and spice all infuse this flamboyant, spectacularly rich Fronsac. What a wine! (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2018)

2 people found it helpfulMar 5th, 2018