Château La Vieille Cure

Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend

8.931 ratings
9.05 pro ratings
Canon-Fronsac, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Salami & Prosciutto, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Blue Cheese
Top Notes For
Josh Morgenthau

Never disappoints; at 15 years it clearly still has a lot of life in it, and always shows better on day two. Aroma is reticent at first, but then opens to classic Bordeaux graphite and bramble fruit, plus pretty violet and floral notes. Unyieldingly traditional and delivering a whole lot of pleasure for the dollar. Best of all, pairs well with a variety of food, even rustic vegetarian dishes, unique for Bordeaux. Flirting with 9.3.

Never disappoints; at 15 years it clearly still has a lot of life in it, and always shows better on day two. Aroma is reticent at first, but then opens to classic Bordeaux graphite and bramble fruit, plus pretty violet and floral notes. Unyieldingly traditional and delivering a whole lot of pleasure for the dollar. Best of all, pairs well with a variety of food, even rustic vegetarian dishes, unique for Bordeaux. Flirting with 9.3.

Nov 4th, 2020
Jay Kline

I am more and more convinced that the wines from Chateau La Vieille Cure are made for the pleasure of those who truly love old school Bordeaux. There is absolute nothing modern about them. Dark currants, earth, pencil shavings, olive tapenade, and mushrooms. About as rustic as they come. Tannins are well integrated but the structure is holding fast. While I think it’s safe to say that the 2005 has entered its gradual, graceful decline, I have no doubt in my mind this will deliver the goods for at least a decade.

I am more and more convinced that the wines from Chateau La Vieille Cure are made for the pleasure of those who truly love old school Bordeaux. There is absolute nothing modern about them. Dark currants, earth, pencil shavings, olive tapenade, and mushrooms. About as rustic as they come. Tannins are well integrated but the structure is holding fast. While I think it’s safe to say that the 2005 has entered its gradual, graceful decline, I have no doubt in my mind this will deliver the goods for at least a decade.

May 8th, 2020
Bret Barker

Found a couple of bottle in the cellar. Best to describe this wine as “thin”. Not much fruit more of that barnyard on the nose. Not terrible but is just there. Best guess I should have found this sooner!

Found a couple of bottle in the cellar. Best to describe this wine as “thin”. Not much fruit more of that barnyard on the nose. Not terrible but is just there. Best guess I should have found this sooner!

1 person found it helpfulFeb 21st, 2018
Kevin Sidders

President VinConnect

9.1

Still drinking well with good intensity, but definitely needed some time to open up. Like some other 2005s recently, seems to have lost some forward fruit but still maintains lots of acidity...

Still drinking well with good intensity, but definitely needed some time to open up. Like some other 2005s recently, seems to have lost some forward fruit but still maintains lots of acidity...

Apr 25th, 2017
CaptainVino!

Nice, but lacks complexity.

Nice, but lacks complexity.

Jan 18th, 2021
David Todd

Awesome. The vintage helps this a lot

Awesome. The vintage helps this a lot

Dec 24th, 2020
Kris Wu

Green bell pepper, forest floor, jammy blackberry. Concentrated with a high extraction.

Green bell pepper, forest floor, jammy blackberry. Concentrated with a high extraction.

Jan 2nd, 2019
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9.2

Still young, but this is drinking well with an hour in the decanter. The dusty, smoky nose is followed by dark fruit, leather, forest floor, and some wood spice. The tannins are still perky, so it works best with food for now. Wish I had more to drink over the next 10 years.

Still young, but this is drinking well with an hour in the decanter. The dusty, smoky nose is followed by dark fruit, leather, forest floor, and some wood spice. The tannins are still perky, so it works best with food for now. Wish I had more to drink over the next 10 years.

Nov 9th, 2015
Mike Laszlo

With a label like this I'm thrilled it was good. Six pack of this per vintage.

With a label like this I'm thrilled it was good. Six pack of this per vintage.

Jan 25th, 2015
Sammy Goldfien

Super bug but nice once it opens up a little

Super bug but nice once it opens up a little

Dec 31st, 2014