Château La Vieille Cure

Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend

8.9520 ratings
8.973 pro ratings
Canon-Fronsac, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Charlie Abbott

Sommelier Casa Mono

9.0

Beautifully polished (modern). Dark, palate-staining berry character. Classy oak upfront, some intimations of cedar and graphite as well. I decanted and enjoyed but would benefit from some aging

Beautifully polished (modern). Dark, palate-staining berry character. Classy oak upfront, some intimations of cedar and graphite as well. I decanted and enjoyed but would benefit from some aging

Sep 15th, 2019
Jae Cho

It’s very Bordeaux-y blackberries in a cedar box. The aroma is on point and does not taste like it’s got the reported 15% ABV. Still that’s just too much alcohol to drink more than 1 glass, even if it’s got that old cure in it.

It’s very Bordeaux-y blackberries in a cedar box. The aroma is on point and does not taste like it’s got the reported 15% ABV. Still that’s just too much alcohol to drink more than 1 glass, even if it’s got that old cure in it.

Sep 11th, 2019
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.

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