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Château La Vieille Cure

 

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Château La Vieille Cure
- 2004 -

 

L'AMATEUR DE BORDEAUX
June 2005

Class !

 

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Château La Vieille Cure
- 2003 -

 


2005

This estate, owned by an American consortium, has been doing spectacular work over the last half dozen or so vintages. The wine is 2003 is one of the sleepers of the vintage. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary perfume of kirsch liqueur, spice box, incense, and earth. With a superb texture, full body, and loads of glycerin as well as fruit, it is a hedonistic, satisfying, mouthfilling red that can be drunk young or cellared for 10-12 years.
La Vieille Cure's finest effort to date, the remarkable, opulent, rich elegant offering displaying notes of cedar, underbrush, black cherries, currants, and subtle new oak. This tasty, medium-bodied wine possesses a seambless texture with no hard edges. It stood out in my tasting of 2002 Fronsacs as one of the two or three finest wines of the appellation. Consume it over the next 7-10 years. 90-93 points


April 2004

This estate has been on a roll since 1988. A larger-framed, more substantial effort than usual, it posses broad, heady flavors, elevated alcohol, high tannin an sweet kirsch liqueur-like fruit intermixed with notions of raspberries and black currants. Once the tannin falls away this will be an opulent, medium to full-bodied, mouth-filling Fronsac. 89-90 points.

 

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Château La Vieille Cure
- 2002 -

 


2005

In a more difficult vintage, La Vieille Cure has turned out an primarly Merlot that has been picked ripe and vinified impeccabely. 87 points


May 2003

Fresh, spicy bouquet, good ripeness, medium bodied, perhaps a touch light in the middle, fresh finish. Drink 2005-2008

BORDEAUX NEW-YORK MAGAZINE
N° 6 - 2005

GC: opaque, sawdust, butterscotch, blueberry, violets, vanilla, very dry, needs aging.
CF: pratically inky, nose slightly closed, might need more age, graham crackers slathered in blueberry and black raspberry jam.
TW: rich, chocolate, black fruits and spice, well rounded, oaky but well integrated.
AB: deep rich color, good extraction, rich vanilla spice, powerful attack, short finish

Note : 90.25 (Excellent)

 

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Château La Vieille Cure
- 2001 -

 


June 2004

Over recent years La Vieille Cure has become one of the leading estates of Fronsac. Its style is one of opulence, complexity and sexy, up-front fruit, but with enough tannin and fruit to age for a decade. The 2001 is a worth successor to their brilliant 2000. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by dense aromas of incense, kirsch liqueur, black currants and spice box. Low acidity, ripe tannins and a plump, fleshy texture all add to the allure of this beautifully-made, pure wine. 90 points

 

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Château La Vieille Cure
- 2000 -

 


April 2003

Wow, what a sexy wine ! Deep ruby/purple, with a glorious nose of kirsch liqueur, caramel, and toast, this sweet, expansive, medium to full-bodied wine marries elegance and power brilliantly. The acidity is low, the fruit ripe, the tannins integrated, and the impression one of sumptuous, concentrated fruit. Drink it over the next decade. This is the best La Vieille Cure made to date. Score : 90

This parennial over-achiever has fashioned its finest wine to date. The sweet, opulent-textured, dense, dark ruby/purple-colored 2000 possesses applicable jammy berry sweetness infused with mocha, cola, and subtle toast. Layered and pure, with considerable depth as well as size, this realistically priced Fronsac is a sleeper of the vintage. Anticipated maturity : 2004 - 2015


James Lawther - February 2003

Rich, dark fruit on the nose and palate. Good weight and density. Sweet attack, full and supple. Well rounded tannins. 2004-2008

 

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Château La Vieille Cure
- 1999 -

 

One of the finest Fronsac estates, La Vieille Cure is producing wines of a Pomerol-like lushness and savory fruit.


October 2003

This is a real gem from the often underrated Fronsac. It has a very expressive nose full of cassis and black berry fruit and a touch of spice. It is beautifully ripe with a layered complexity on the palate and fleshy fruit balanced by tight tannins and crisp acidity.


Franck Prial - February 2002

A wine worth getting to know


September 2003

(*****) Outstanding Quality

 

 

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Château La Vieille Cure
- 1998 -

 

THE VINE
Clive Coates - June 2004

This is very good plus. Another fine example from this now splendidly consistent estate.


January 2001

Subtle aromas of mineral, berry, cherry and licorice. Full-bodied, with wonderfully-polished tannins and a long-long finish. Amazing quality for this estate. 91 points


Most Exciting Wines of 2001

The Fronsac appellation is on the Right Bank of the Dordogne, northeast of Bordeaux. Away from the bright lights of the better-known appellations, this 46-acre estate is quietly producing some of the region's best wines, using a high percentage of Merlot in its blend, and a little new oak aging. 5,000 cases made. 91/100


April 2000

Deep, ruby colored with purple nuances...structure, rich, ripe and medium-bodied,...it possesses the capacity to age well for 10-12 years. 88 points


April 1999

A bright and exciting wine, with loads of floral and raspberry character. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. A real beauty for this estate. 90-94


December 2002

Deep colour with bold, toasty, chocolate aromas. Certainly delivers on flavour, with real depth and good balance overall. Still young but pretty serious in a bold style. RB
Nice sweet fruit on the nose, good weight of fruit and flavour. Ripe mid-palate with length of flavour and well balanced. DS
Very complete harmonious nose with fruit and oak in fine proportion. A tannic, serious wine with fresh acidity and good concentration. AH


 

The wine displays a fragrant black fruit and plum fruit almost sweet with some oak. It is a rich, full-body style with a chewy texture and a good concentration.

 

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Château La Vieille Cure
- 1997 -

 


2001

This estate, ideally placed on clay and limestone slopes, produces excellent wines every year. This is proved once again by a '97 of deep garnet color, with aromas of toasted oak, wild game and tobacco. The substance of the wine is evident in the mouth, accompanied by hearty yet elegant tannins. The winemaker here knew how to extract the best from his grapes. This excellent bottle will be perfect in two to six years.

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January 31, 2000

Slightly simple but good clean fruit charcter, with medium body and a fresh finish. Drink now through 2003


April 1999

A serious Fronsac. Silky, with berry and green olive aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with medium tannins and a good finish.

 

 

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Château La Vieille Cure
- 1996 -

 

Plums, cherries and coffee on the nose of this youthful wine. There is also evidence of smoky new oak. This has a bigger, more evident structure than the 1995, although it seems somewhat more impressively put together. There are firm tannins, full body and a big, mouthfilling texture. A great spectrum of youthful flavours, with morello cherries and plums reflecting the nose, but also some fine, bitter chocolate and a touch of tobacco. There's plenty of acidity to keep it fresh. Approachable now, but really needs a few more years to show its best. Very good.

 

 

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Château La Vieille Cure
- 1995 -

 

A lovely nose here, with ripe and crunchy blackcurrants backed up by edge to the bouquet. With aeration the wine really opens out developing great, intense and classic Bordeaux fruit. The structure is immediately apparent on the palate, with some good tofee-edged fruit and a hint of creamy richness playing second fiddle to slightly hard tannins and good acidity. Quite classic and mouthfiling, especially after extended aeration. Good potential for future development. Very good.

 

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Château La Vieille Cure
- 1990 -

 


April 2001

(1990 & 1989) 89 and 87 points. Two glorious wines...They are fleshy, almost Pomerol-like in their rich, sumptuous textures and sweet, expansive flavors. It will be hard to decide which of these two attractively-priced wines one prefers.


June 1997

This consistently good claret has featured here before and the 1990 is the best this property has made. Right-bank Fronsac delivers some...of the charm of its neighbors Pomerol and St Emilion with a much reduced price and often with a less rustic result.
 


2-28-93 - Issue 85

The delicious 1990 is a dead-ringer for a top Pomerol. Deeply colored, ti displays a fragrant black fruit scent, and plump, almost sweet, supple, rich, full-bodied flavors that suggest a high Merlot content. It has excellent color, a chewy texture, and a velvety yet well-delineated finish. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. Impressive and well-priced.

 

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Château La Vieille Cure
- 1989 -

 


March 2005

This [is] serious wine...evolved sweet fruit, good complexity and a long, excellent finish..."


December 1994

(*****) Oustanding Quality. Deep red colour, with a full, ripe black, fruit nose. Fat, full and rounded tannins and structure. A top wine.


2-28-93 - Issue 85

The 1989's open knit, fragrant nose of sweet fruit, earth, and vanillin is followed by a fleshy, chewy wine with excellent richness and a Pomerol-like succulence and intensity. Drink this delicious, well-made, well-balanced wine over the next 10-12 years.


Michel Bettane

We have especially liked Château La Vieille Cure, intense color, velvety texture, splendid ripeness of the grapes.

 

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Château La Vieille Cure
- 1988 -

 

HUGH JOHNSON'S Pocket Wine Guide
- 2005 -

A leader of the Appellation


November 1992

Highly Recommended

David Rosengarten - "Wine at the Table"
February 12, 1992

"...sometimes young winemakers on the rise can craft magnificent wines in unglamorous Bordeaux satellite regions. Such a region is Fronsac, just past the Pomerol border, and such a wine is the 1988 Chateau La Vieille Cure. It's an elegant, beautifully balanced wine,... filled with the haunting flavor of raspberries...this beauty is probably at its best now".


December 31, 1988

Remakably rich and smooth, nicely concentrated, with currant flavors and a cinnamon edge on the nose and palate, round and ripe and long. Quite a wine for the price. Drink 1990 to '93

 

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Château La Vieille Cure
- 1986 -

 


April 1989

It's nice to see this American owned property turning out some very elegantly crafted, attractively flavored wines from Fronsac. The succulent, supple 1985 has been followed by the 1986, a powerful, medium-bodied wine, with good color, plenty of tannin in the finish, yet aging potential of at least decade. Yet, I kept my score modest because of my concerns about the high level of tannins. This property has immense potential, and there has been enormous investment seem to be in place for this to become one of the up and coming strars of Fronsac. Anticipated maturity: 1992-2000. 80  


JANCIS ROBINSON - FINANCIAL TIMES
December 21, 1990

Plump, attractive, by no means standoffish and would go very well turkey.

 

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Château La Vieille Cure
- 1985 -

 

WINE & SPIRITS
December 1988

Deep garnet; "rich overlay of oak, chocolate" wrote Matt Siegel; chewy with tanins layered leathery fruit; medium body, "dusty" with good length. Though the chateau and vineyards are not new, the 1985 vintage is the first release from this estate, which, prior to its purchase by an American syndicate in 1986, sold the production of its nearly 40 acres of vines in bulk and to negociants.


April 1987

Good, deep color with a moderately intense berry fruit aroma complemented nicely by spicy oak, this well made wine has heaps of juice, soft fruit, medium to full body, and quite a good finish. Anticipated Maturity : 1988-1994. Tasted twice, consistent notes.

 

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