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Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

The Bordeaux wine vineyards of Chateau La Vieille Cure are planted on limestone soils which receive a south west exposure. With terroir similar to St. Emilion, perhaps the most important reason for the quality, unique style and the the concentration found in the wine is, the property has numerous old vines. When I say old, they have some of the oldest vines in the appellation. Many of those vines are approaching an amazing 100 years of age!

Purchased in 1986 by American owners, Colin Ferenbach and Peter Sachs, their first order of business for this Right Bank estate was to completely renovate the estate from top to bottom. The extensive rebuilding took place in the wine making facilities, the chateau and even a replanting of much of the vineyard. With the help of Michel Rolland as their consultant in the vineyards and in the wine making, Chateau La Vieille Cure was replanted to 75% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc 22%  and a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon at 3%. While much of the vineyard is still relatively young, they also have vines dating back as far as 75 years. The 20 hectare Bordeaux wine vineyard of La Vieille Cure is unique. The large estate is one single homogeneous plot. The vines reside in limestone, chalk and clay based soils.

To produce the wine, following a three to four week cold maceration, alcoholic fermentation takes place in temperature controlled, stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation is conducted in French oak barrels. The wine is aged in an average of 70% new French oak barrels.

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Starting with the 2000 vintage, Chateau La Vieille Cure improved their wines and wine making. From that point on, they became a serious contender for the best Bordeaux wine value produced in the region. 2005 remains the best vintage yet for La Vieille Cure. In July, 2013, La Vieille Cure announced that Jean Luc Thunevin, the well-known consultant and owner of Valandraud would take over as the wine maker for the property because Jean Noel Herve retired. Fans of the estate should rejoice as the wines can only get better!

The style La Vieille Cure is all about the ripe fruit, licorice, chocolate, low acidity and jammy berries. The Fronsac wine is full bodied and round and can be enjoyed at a young age. This is another great property from the Fronsac appellation that is making some of the best values in Bordeaux wine today.

There is a second wine, La Sacriste de la Vieille Cure. Most of the second wine is not exported as it’s sold primarily to two large French merchants. The annual production of Chateau Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac Bordeaux wine averages close to 8,000 cases a year.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château La Vieille Cure

    1. Licorice, mocha and black raspberries and oak are open and already easy to drink. This will be best in its youth. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château La Vieille Cure

    1. Deep in color with licorice, espresso, smoke and jammy berries in the nose, the wine is packed with soft, sexy, supple-textured fruit that is already fun to drink. And it’s always available for a fair price. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château La Vieille Cure

    1. Licorice, coffee bean, vanilla, black cherry and earth scents open to a fleshy, flashy, medium bodied, fresh Bordeaux wine that ends with chocolate covered cherries. From an assemblage of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 14% alcohol. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château La Vieille Cure

    1. Opaque in color, black licorice, dark chocolate, oak, jammy berries and sweet black cherry flavors are coupled with a big blast of concentrated, sweet jammy berries. This is the best wine produced by La Vieille Cure since the 2005.

      92 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château La Vieille Cure

    1. With its deep color, licorice, coffee bean, black cherry, blueberry, earth, plum and cocoa aromas, rich, opulent textures and forward style, the 2009 Vieille Cure once again shows why it remains at the top of the value Bordeaux wine parade. Enjoy it now and over the next several years, for this price and style, coupled with early drinkability, it's worth buying by the case.

      92 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château La Vieille Cure

    1. This has matured surprisingly fast. Lacking the levels of concentration and ripeness found in 2005 or 2009, this is still fun to drink now with its licorice, black cherry and coffee bean, soft textured personality.

      88 points - Tasted
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  7. 2006 Château La Vieille Cure

    1. Coffee, licorice and jammy black raspberry aromas, open, opulent and ready, the wine ends with a licorice and black cherry finish. It's hard to find a better, more consistent Bordeaux value wine than Vieille Cure.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Licorice, blackberry jam, coffee, earth and black cherry scents are in full force. Big, full bodied and voluptuous in texture, this is no shy wine. With a long, ripe, exuberant, fruit forward style, this Bordeaux value wine is already showing well. This another bargain priced winner from this outstanding Fronsac property.

      90 points - Tasted
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  8. 2005 Château La Vieille Cure

    1. At close to 10 years of age, the nose is more complex with its secondary aromatics. But the sexy, fat, ostentatious palate is fading away. With this wine, it's going to depend on what you prefer in its personality, lush textures or less fruit and more tertiary aromas. Personally, with Vieille Cure, I love the fruit and lush character found in its youth. I need to retaste a bottle to see if this was just how this bottle developed, or is the wine rapidly aging. If I had to guess or bet, I'd say the wine is losing its fruit and should be consumed over the next year, or two.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Bought for about $20, this tremendous value wine keeps over delivering the goods! Licorice, chocolate, truffle, smoke and blackberry jam pop as soon as the wine pours. It's fat, juicy, plush and utterly delicious. It has not gained much in complexity, but unlike many value wines, it has not lost one iota of flavor. If you missed the 2005, look for 2009 or 2010. There is no reason to age this wine, it was tasty the moment it was released and it remains full of easy to like, pleasure today.

      92 points - Tasted
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    3. Still deep in color, with licorice, coffee bean, black cherry liqueur, smoke, milk chocolate and earthy scents, this delicious, sexy, easy to like wine has been a pleasure machine since the day it was bottled. I'm not sure how much complexity will come with bottle age, but how cares? It's great today and you cannot beat the price!

      92 points - Tasted
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    4. 2005 Vieille Cure is filled with black licorice, fresh herbs, chocolate covered boysenberry, coffee and Asian spice aromatics. Full bodied, fat, round and deep on the palate, the wine ends with a mouth filling blast of chocolate covered black cherries. This is a lush, lusty wine that while not overly complex, offers a lot of hedonistic pleasure. This remains a contender for the top value play from 2005.

      93 points - Tasted
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    5. Chocolate covered blackberries, licorice, coffee and bluberries lead into a rich, sexy, fat mouth full of dark black cherry. What this lacks in finesse, it more than makes up for it, with layers of ripe, licorice coated fruit. Drink now and over the next 7 years.

      92 points - Tasted
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  9. 2003 Château La Vieille Cure

    1. Black licorice, jammy blackberries, milk chocolate. earth and blueberry scents pair perfectly well the rich, round textures and ripe, jammy black raspberry and cherry filled finish. This fun to drink Bordeaux wine is fully mature and should be drunk up over the next 5 years to preserve its levels of ripe, juicy fruit.

      90 points - Tasted
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