wines of Château La Vieille Cure, Fronsac, Bordeaux
Coutreau No 1, 33141 Saillans, France
Phone: +33 (0)5 57 84 32 05 Fax: +33 (0)5 57 74 39 83
UK agent: J. Sainsbury
Fronsac is a relatively small appellation on the right bank
of the Dodogne, west of the town of Libourne and a neighbour to the
more famous Pomerol and St Emilion. Merlot and Cabernet Franc are the
key grapes here, and it’s often a good source of tasty yet
inexpensive (by the standards of the region) Bordeaux. Vieille Cure is
one of the leading Fronsac properties, and has performed well in
recent years. It was bought by an American consortium in 1986, who
clearly had great aspirations for this estate and have renovated the
vineyards and the cellar. The vineyards cover 20 ha, in one plot, and
the cepage is 75% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet
Sauvignon; annual production is around 100 000 bottles. In the UK
these wines are available from the supermarket Sainsbury, priced
around £11. Verdict: this is a property worth watching.
Château La Vieille Cure 1998
Deep coloured, this wine exhibits attractive ripe berry fruit on
the nose with a gently herbal edge. The palate is quite youthful with
its juicy, ripe fruit and a bit of tannic structure. Juicy finish.
Well made claret in a modern style, and may develop quite nicely. A
good effort. Very good+
Château La Vieille Cure 1999
Deep red/purple colour. Attractive roast coffee bean edge to the
nose. The palate is bright and fruity with good density and a juicy
edge. There’s a bit of tannin on the finish. This is nice stuff,
currently quite youthful. Very good
La Sacristie de la Vieille Cure 1999
The second wine. It shows an appealing nose of bright berry fruit.
There’s forward, juicy primary fruit on the palate with good
concentration. Not complex, but there’s nothing wrong with this.
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