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Château La Vieille Cure

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2023
92
Minty, with licorice, salty cherries, plums, and crushed stone notes start the wine off. From there, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh, soft, forward, refined, and fruity. If you are seeking a really nice wine, without spending a lot of bucks, check this wine out. You can enjoy it with pleasure on release, and for another 12 or more years after that. Drink from 2027-2040. 91-93 Pts.

Minty, with licorice, salty cherries, plums, and crushed stone notes start the wine off. From there, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh, soft, forward, refined, and fruity. If you are seeking a really nice wine, without spending a lot of bucks, check this wine out. You can enjoy it with pleasure on release, and for another 12 or more years after that. Drink from 2027-2040. 91-93 Pts.

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2022
93
Lush, dark, polished, fruits, cocoa, chocolate, espresso and plums are ripe, sweet, creamy, long, fresh and a pleasure to taste. You can enjoy this with pleasure on release and for another 12 or more years after that. Drink from 2025-2038. 92-94 Pts.

Lush, dark, polished, fruits, cocoa, chocolate, espresso and plums are ripe, sweet, creamy, long, fresh and a pleasure to taste. You can enjoy this with pleasure on release and for another 12 or more years after that. Drink from 2025-2038. 92-94 Pts.

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2021
90
Salty cherries, cocoa, licorice and toasty oak are front and center here, in the nose, and in the round, soft, vibrant palate. The cherry-toned endnote is complicated by a squeeze of refreshing orange that shows up on the vibrant, backend. Drink from 2024-203.

Salty cherries, cocoa, licorice and toasty oak are front and center here, in the nose, and in the round, soft, vibrant palate. The cherry-toned endnote is complicated by a squeeze of refreshing orange that shows up on the vibrant, backend. Drink from 2024-203.

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Medium-bodied, fresh, bright and fruity, the palate is loaded with ripe, crunchy black raspberries and red plums with overtones of licorice, espresso and cocoa. Drink from 2023-2032. 88-90

Medium-bodied, fresh, bright and fruity, the palate is loaded with ripe, crunchy black raspberries and red plums with overtones of licorice, espresso and cocoa. Drink from 2023-2032. 88-90

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2020
92
Deep in color, the wine kicks off with a strong dose of oak before you find all of its chocolate coated black cherries, licorice, spice and smoke. Sexy and silky, the wine coats your palate with crushed rocks, dark red pit fruits and layers of chocolate. Give this a year or two for the oak to better integrate and this should be good to go. Drink from 2024-2038.

Deep in color, the wine kicks off with a strong dose of oak before you find all of its chocolate coated black cherries, licorice, spice and smoke. Sexy and silky, the wine coats your palate with crushed rocks, dark red pit fruits and layers of chocolate. Give this a year or two for the oak to better integrate and this should be good to go. Drink from 2024-2038.

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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

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

2,527 Views   Tasted
2019
93
This is quite seductive. It only takes one sniff and sip to get you interested in all of its flowers, chocolate-covered plums, espresso and black cherries with just a bit of blue fruit. Opulent, fleshy, polished and concentrated, as well as refined, give it a year or two for the oak to integrate and it is going to be even better. The next time someone says Bordeaux is expensive, pop a bottle of this. Drink from 2023-2036.

This is quite seductive. It only takes one sniff and sip to get you interested in all of its flowers, chocolate-covered plums, espresso and black cherries with just a bit of blue fruit. Opulent, fleshy, polished and concentrated, as well as refined, give it a year or two for the oak to integrate and it is going to be even better. The next time someone says Bordeaux is expensive, pop a bottle of this. Drink from 2023-2036.

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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

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
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.

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.

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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

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

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

2,728 Views   Tasted
2016
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.

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.

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

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

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2015
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.

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.

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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.

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.

4,865 Views   Tasted
2014
90
Lush, round, polished and packed with plenty of fat, juicy, round berries, licorice and chocolate. 89-91

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

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2013
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

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

3,622 Views   Tasted
2012
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.

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.

3,422 Views   Tasted
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

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
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% ABV. 89-91 Pts

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% ABV. 89-91 Pts

4,636 Views   Tasted
2010
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.

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.

8,988 Views   Tasted
2009
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.

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.

8,364 Views   Tasted
2008
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.

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.

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2006
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.

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.

4,849 Views   Tasted
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.

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.

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2005
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.

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.

4,824 Views   Tasted
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.

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.

4,286 Views   Tasted
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.

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.

3,573 Views   Tasted
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.

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.

5,959 Views   Tasted
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!

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!

8,147 Views   Tasted
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.

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.

8,162 Views   Tasted
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.

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.

7,673 Views   Tasted
2003
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.

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.

5,254 Views   Tasted
2001
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.

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.

2,979 Views   Tasted
2000
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.

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.

3,743 Views   Tasted