Chateau la Vieille Cure 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
The wines produced at Chateau la Vieille Cure are, as has been the tradition for centuries, fine wines meant for careful consumption. While they can be enjoyed young, they are best appreciated at 4 years of age and more. With a perfect balance of fruit, aromas and tannins, they are made to be appreciated with meals but can be enjoyed at any time.
The Wine Advocate - "This property has made so many fine efforts lately that it is difficult to say the 2009 is better than their 2005. However, the 2009 is a charming, sexy, dense ruby/purple-colored offering displaying lots of ripe Merlot fruit intermixed with hints of charcoal, black raspberries, black currants, lead pencil shavings and truffles. This full-bodied, pure, nicely textured and layered Fronsac is a sleeper of the vintage that considerably over-performs for its modest price. Drink it over the next 15+ years. This is an obvious great value!"
Wine Enthusiast - "Good dusty tannins, lively fruit, a wine that seems very complete. There is a touch of final wood and dark tannins.
Barrel Sample: 91-93 Points"
Wine Spectator - "Solid, with a nice, pure beam of cassis and blackberry fruit subtly laced with licorice snap and tobacco notes. The polished finish has an iron accent in reserve. Should be a solid midterm ager. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2018."
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Chateau la Vieille Cure Winery
With its twenty hectares in one single plot, Chateau La Vieille Cure already appears on a famous map of the Guyenne region, known as the Belleyme map, dated 1780. The vines grow on plateaux and slopes that are lucky enough to be turned to the south west. The estate runs along the River Isle at a height of 65 metres and not only drinks up the sun, but also enjoys good drainage. This situation makes the grapes that grow here generously ripe and in perfect condition.
The property has been greatly renovated since it was bought by American friends at the end of 1986, who are great Bordeaux lovers and who recognised the exceptional potential of the estate. View all Chateau la Vieille Cure Wines
About FronsacView a map of Fronsac wineries (frahn-sak, can-nohn frahn-sak)
These two regions of the right bank are northwest of St-Émilion and Pomerol. Canon-Fronsac is located within Fronsac. The wines are quite similar, with Canon-Fronsac having a slightly different soil than Fronsac. They are another example of good-value Bordeaux, benefiting from close proximity to the river and good soils similar to their southern neighbors. In the past few decades, winemakers have made more of an investment in making high-quality wine from the Fronsac region.
Like most right bank wines, the principle grapes here are Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with some Malbec and even Cabernet Sauvignon in certain pockets. The wines produced from the area are fruit-driven, yet rustic. Like a good Pomerol or St-Emilion, the wines give ripe, rich, juicy fruit, but they can also have a rustic edge that helps them to last a few years in bottle.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3 }div>2.9 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 4
- 4 Stars: 2
- 3 Stars: 1
- 2 Stars: 0
- 1 Stars: 5
13 ratings, 4 with reviewsAdam Z - Brooklyn, NY55/27/2014bckcast - Biloxi, MS41/30/2014
I really like this wine at $30 bucks. Everything and more you would expect from a Bordeaux at this price point. Now, if the 2011 delivers like this 2009 at $19.99? Well, I would give it another star.Sunita - New York, NY56/18/2013
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- Smooth & Supple
I love it! Serve with beef for a special dinner...RedWine512 - Tampa, FL33/15/2013Eddie Lee - Emeryville, CA41/21/2013Opens in about 1 hour - structured well and has interesting but pleasant aftertastes.rbrown - Atlanta, GA111/30/2012hues31 - South Salem, NY111/30/2012WineSleuth - Mill Valley, CA57/27/2012holiday_routine - New Orleans, LA18/7/2012WaikikiYES - Honolulu, HI16/9/2012chas wine - Bartlesville, OK15/3/2012
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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