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Château La Vieille Cure

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2020 Château La Vieille Cure  (Fronsac) 92

With a bit too much oak on the nose, the wine moves to its ripe, plush, lush, forward mid-palate and a finish packed with layers of blackberry, plum, chocolate covered cherry and espresso. Give this a few years for the oak to better integrate and this should be good to go. 91-93 Pts

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2019 Château La Vieille Cure  (Fronsac) 92

Deep in color, with lush, plush, opulent polished textures. The wine has layers of fruit, sexy, silky tannins and a hedonistic finish. But this is no fruit-only bomb, it is a refined, sweet and hedonistic wine that should be great to taste early in life and age for at least a decade or more. The next time someone says Bordeaux is expensive, pop a bottle of this. 91-93 Pts

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2018 Château La Vieille Cure  (Fronsac) 93

Deeply colored, the next thing you notice is all the layers of supple textured, ripe, elegant, sweet, silky fruits that start off great, and keep on going. Richly textured, with good concentration and length, this is one of the best values in all of Bordeaux pairing style, quality and a more than fair price. 93 Points

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Concentrated, lush and loaded with chocolate covered, black cherries and licorice, the wine hits your palate with the essence of dark cocoa and red fruits that offer their pleasures with ease. 90-92 Pts

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2017 Château La Vieille Cure  (Fronsac) 90

Dark, chocolate-coverednred fruits, licorice and toasty oak, along with soft, round, corpulent textures, this will be easy to drink on release. 90 Points

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2016 Château La Vieille Cure  (Fronsac) 91

Round, ripe, forward, sweet and delicious, the wine is packed with fat, dark, juicy fruits, licorice, and dark chocolate. Not exactly refined, but there is volume, ripeness and loads of chocolate covered fruits in the finish. 91 Points

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Fresh, sweet, juicy, polished fat, dark berries, licorice, and dark chocolate. Round, not refined, but fun to taste. 91 Points

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2015 Château La Vieille Cure  (Fronsac) 92

It might be a bit obvious, as nothing is hidden here, but who cares? This is just great today. It's open, lusciously textured, ripe, sweet and fleshy, the tannins and silky, the finish carries through. You can pop a cork tonight or age it for 5 years for more secondary notes. 92 Points

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It's really hard to find a better wine for the money from Bordeaux year, after year. The wine has richness, silky, polished tannins, fresh, ripe, sweet, juicy dark red fruits, licorice, smoke and sweetness that when coupled with its consumer friendly pricing policy makes this a must buy, for value conscious consumers. 91 Points

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2014 Château La Vieille Cure  (Fronsac) 90

Lush, round, polished and packed with plenty of fat, juicy, round berries, licorice and chocolate. 89-91 90 Points

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2013 Château La Vieille Cure  (Fronsac) 88

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

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2012 Château La Vieille Cure  (Fronsac) 90

Fresh, sweet, ripe and already delicious, the wine ends with a blast of sweet, black cherries, licorice and cocoa. This is consistently one of the best, Merlot based, Bordeaux value wines. 90 Points

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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. The wine was made from a blend of 75% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. 89-91 Pts

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2011 Château La Vieille Cure  (Fronsac) 90

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

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2010 Château La Vieille Cure  (Fronsac) 92

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

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2009 Château La Vieille Cure  (Fronsac) 92

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

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2008 Château La Vieille Cure  (Fronsac) 88

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

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2006 Château La Vieille Cure  (Fronsac) 90

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

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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

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2005 Château La Vieille Cure  (Fronsac) 91

Open, round, sweet, fresh and still going strong, popped and poured, this is still delivering a sensuous lush wine of pleasure. There is no need for decanting. 91 Points

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Better than the last bottle, which evidently was off, this open, lush, ripe, round, sweet, fresh wine is on top of its game. It's going to be hard to find a better 2005 Bordeaux for this small amount of money. Popped, poured and enjoyed, this is a real wine of pleasure. There is no need for decanting. 91 Points

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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2003 Château La Vieille Cure  (Fronsac) 90

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

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2001 Château La Vieille Cure  (Fronsac) 89

At the end of its life, I'd want to be drinking this sooner than later, to catch the remainder of its fresh, cherry fruits, mocha, earth and tobacco charms, before they fade away. 89 Points

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2000 Château La Vieille Cure  (Fronsac) 88

Pleasant, but clearly fading. The original level of richness has morphed into a brighter, fresher, earthier, spicy, red berry filled wine. Soft, and not without charm, this requires drinking sooner than later. 88 Points

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