Château La Vieille Cure

Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend

8.969 ratings
8.912 pro ratings
Canon-Fronsac, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
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
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
Ivonne Nill

Plush, velvety Merlot dominant blend, very easy to drink, still much primary plummy fruit, with some development (leather), moderate acidity and rather noticeable VA (why I didn’t rate it higher).

Plush, velvety Merlot dominant blend, very easy to drink, still much primary plummy fruit, with some development (leather), moderate acidity and rather noticeable VA (why I didn’t rate it higher).

1 person found it helpfulMar 12th, 2018
Chris McClellan

Earthy, chocolate hint, charcoal..fruit very lacking, if any, black cherry would be my guess. great acid, med plus tannins..this DEF needs more time decanting or even in the cellar. Well structured.

Earthy, chocolate hint, charcoal..fruit very lacking, if any, black cherry would be my guess. great acid, med plus tannins..this DEF needs more time decanting or even in the cellar. Well structured.

Dec 29th, 2016
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

8.9

Drinking some wine and watching How to Get Away with Murder with India. The color of the wine is dark opaque red. Smells like a papermill, a little pencil shavings, and dark berries. After two hours, opens with a more barnyard like nose, like hay and possibly cheese. It is warming. Strong tannins 7.5/10, moderate to full body, very dry like sandpaper. Very heavy, and like dry thickness. In taste some cassis appears after 2 hrs. Overall not a bad bottle of french Bordeaux for $30. A few more years would be really good for this wine.

Drinking some wine and watching How to Get Away with Murder with India. The color of the wine is dark opaque red. Smells like a papermill, a little pencil shavings, and dark berries. After two hours, opens with a more barnyard like nose, like hay and possibly cheese. It is warming. Strong tannins 7.5/10, moderate to full body, very dry like sandpaper. Very heavy, and like dry thickness. In taste some cassis appears after 2 hrs. Overall not a bad bottle of french Bordeaux for $30. A few more years would be really good for this wine.

Oct 17th, 2015
Kyle Groombridge

I've been looking for that $30 bottle that outshines any other - I think I've found it. Parker calls this the benchmark for fronsac and a sleeper of the vintage.. The nose is gorgeous with notes of vanilla, coffee bean, lilac, and lavender. On the palate, it's supple and enticing with sweet strawberries, chewy vanilla and oak, chocolate covered cherries and a velvety kirsch finish. Yup, it's good.

I've been looking for that $30 bottle that outshines any other - I think I've found it. Parker calls this the benchmark for fronsac and a sleeper of the vintage.. The nose is gorgeous with notes of vanilla, coffee bean, lilac, and lavender. On the palate, it's supple and enticing with sweet strawberries, chewy vanilla and oak, chocolate covered cherries and a velvety kirsch finish. Yup, it's good.

Jan 11th, 2015
Roger Cabrera

Kinda dumb initially but as soon as I began to think that, the dried fruit began to jump out with some faint leather. It's got the tannins and acidity to go for another couple years. Opened it too young.

Kinda dumb initially but as soon as I began to think that, the dried fruit began to jump out with some faint leather. It's got the tannins and acidity to go for another couple years. Opened it too young.

Dec 16th, 2014
Drew DiMatteo

Very well structured, like most 2011 Bordeaux it needs more time in the bottle. Give this wine a couple years and it's going to be absolutely killer!

Very well structured, like most 2011 Bordeaux it needs more time in the bottle. Give this wine a couple years and it's going to be absolutely killer!

May 8th, 2014
Thomas McKee

An old favourite from the recent Bordeaux release. Full bodied and rich with plummy flavours and a nice long finish. Good now but will improve with age. Paired very nicely with bbq ribeye steaks.

An old favourite from the recent Bordeaux release. Full bodied and rich with plummy flavours and a nice long finish. Good now but will improve with age. Paired very nicely with bbq ribeye steaks.

Oct 14th, 2019