2015 Chateau La Vieille Cure FronsacBlend from France
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"With its 20 hectares (50 acres) in one single plot, Château La Vieille Cure appears on a famous map of the Guyenne region, known as the Belleyme map, dated 1780. Parish record...
- 94 Wine Enthusiast
- 90-93 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
- 92+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 92 Wine Spectator
- 92 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
94 Wine Enthusiast
"Dense tannins and rich black fruits mark out this ripe wine. Its tannins are cushioned by the concentrated but generous black fruits that were organically grown. The wine has great purity as well as structure. Drink from 2024."
90-93 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
"The 2015 La Vieille Cure is exceptional. Rich, ample and creamy, the 2015 offers superb intensity throughout. Dark cherry, plum, menthol, spice and licorice are some of the notes that build into the sumptuous finish. Even with all of its intensity, this modern, racy Fronsac retains terrific freshness and overall energy. There is so much to like. Tasted three times."
92+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 La Vieille Cure has some cedary notes to begin, giving way to scents of red and black currants, blackberries and forest floor plus hints of truffles and iron ore. Full-bodied and packed with vibrant fruit, the oak still stands apart a tad in the flavor profile and structure, yet it should emerge beautifully with another 2-3 years in bottle and drink for the following 15-20 years."
92 Wine Spectator
"This has a juicy core of dark currant, plum and bitter cherry fruit lined with streaks of charcoal and singed iron. A tobacco leaf note wafts through the finish, which has persistent but integrated toast. Solid grip. Best from 2019 through 2029. 4,583 cases made."
92 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"A savory and fruity red with plum, chocolate-powder and berry character. Full body, lightly chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now or hold."
"With its 20 hectares (50 acres) in one single plot, Château La Vieille Cure appears on a famous map of the Guyenne region, known as the Belleyme map, dated 1780. Parish records show grapes were grown there in the 17th Century, which explains why on the label of La Vieille Cure is written "since 1666”.
The vines occupy a privileged location on plateaux and slopes that are oriented to the southeast. The estate runs along the River Isle at an elevation of 65 metres, where it soaks up the sun, while enjoying perfect drainage. This situation favors the growth of grapes that ripen generously and under ideal physical conditions. 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. Their terroir is very similar to Saint-Emilion, which is perhaps another reason for the quality of the wines. Part of the unique style and concentration of the wines, is the fact that the property has a lot of very old vines, plenty above 70-80 year old.
Purchased in 1986 by American owners, Colin Ferenbach and Peter Sachs, both Bordeaux lovers who recognized the exceptional potential of the estate, their first order of business was to completely renovate the estate from top to bottom.
Parts of the vineyard were extended and replanted. 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, and a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon at 3%. They of course did not touch the very old vines, some of which go back over 75 years. A new winery was built, housing the latest equipment, and aging in oak casks was begun. The overall objective of these investments was to make high quality wines worthy of worldwide distribution.
The blend is 87% Merlot / 10% Cabernet Franc / 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are organically grown. Jean-Philippe Fort and Jean-Luc Thunevin (Valandraud) are consulting at the property. " -Importer
94 - Wine Enthusiast
90-93 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
92+ - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92 - Wine Spectator
92 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
|Varietal(s)||Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Taste||currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast, tar, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, blackberry, cherry, asparagus, spice, ginger and vanilla|
|Nose||violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and cigar box|