Chateau la Vieille Cure Fronsac 2018 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
Chateau la Vieille Cure Fronsac 2018
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Chateau la Vieille Cure Fronsac 2018

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750ml
$39.99

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The region of Fronsac, which is an area comprised of rolling limestone hills west of Saint-Emilion in Bordeaux, is the source of quite a few 'sleepers of the vintage' as well as great values. Chateau La Vieille Cure occupies a privelged site on a high plateau overlooking the illustrious region of Pomerol and produces excellent wines. Both Fronsac and Pomerol are planted to predominantly Merlot, which thrives in the soils and climate of the Right Bank. The chateau at La Vieille Cure was built in 1823 and is surrounded by vineyards that have been producing wines for centuries. Made of a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, and harvested with vines averaging 25 years in age, La Vieille Cure is typically aged in oak casks for 18 months.
Jeb Dunnuck
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The deep ruby-hued 2018 Château La Vieille Cure is a smoking wine that readers should snatch up! Lots of red and black currants, cedary spice, dried tobacco, and a touch of chalky minerality all emerge from the glass, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a fruit-loaded, concentrated mouthfeel, ripe tannins, and outstanding length. It has a touch of background oak, but that should integrate with 2-4 years in the cellar, and this gorgeous Fronsac will shine over the following decade or more.

March 11, 2021
Wine Advocate
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Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 La Vieille Cure opens with cedar chest, graphite and tree bark scents, giving way to a core of baked blackberries, stewed plums and cherry compote, with wafts of Sichuan pepper and star anise. The full-bodied palate (15% alcohol) is wearing a lot of oak at this stage, with a good core of baked black fruits and loads of exotic spice accents, supported by grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing woody. Give it a good 5 years for the oak to integrated and drink it over the next 12-15 years or more. Drink Date: 2026-2038.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 22, 2021
Wine Spectator
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This has a succulent feel, pulling you into its mix of fresh plum, red cherry and raspberry coulis flavors while bergamot and red tea accents stay in the background. Finish is juicy but tightly focused, with an underlying chalky thread lending precision. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2030. 7,633 cases made.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2021

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