Chateau La Vieille Cure

With its twenty hectares in one single plot, Château 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.

A large part of the vineyard was remodelled and replanted, without of course touching the very old vines of which one plot is a hundred years old. A new cellar was built with the latest equipment and aging in casks was begun. The overall objective of these investments was to make high quality wines capable of world-wide distribution.

The new owners launched a sales program for the wines that are exclusively château bottled. Château La Vielle Cure used to be little-known, but is now exported to more than 20 countries. However the main market remains France, with Britain and the United States in second and third positions respectively.

These improvements are still far from being complete. The owners are driven by perfectionism and intend to continue with their efforts to raise their wine to be amongst the highest ranking in the Libourne area.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic

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Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac 2012
91  Vinous Media 
Wine Advocate 91 "Arguably the bright, shining star of Fronsac these days, this blend of 75% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon from vines averaging 25 years of age seems to go from strength to strength. The 2012 is a knock-out, with an inky purple color and sweet cassis and
Item Number: 26616
Case: $419.40

Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac 2010
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92  "This takes a modern approach, with a noticeable dose of dark, roasted espresso and chocolate up front, but remains grounded in the appellation's textbook racy chalk and charcoal profile. The core of lush fig, plum and blackberry fruit sits in reserve, and the finish is

Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac 2009
93  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 93 "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,

Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac 2005
 obert Parker 92-90 "While the 2005 does not equal the prodigious 2003 (the finest La Vieille Cure to date), this Merlot-dominated effort was fashioned under the guidance of Michel Rolland. It is a dense, powerful, dark ruby/purple-tinged offering exhibiting a big structure, loads of substance as

Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac 2004
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "As was the 2003, this is another big time sleeper of the vintage. The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2004 offers a sweet perfume of framboise, black cherry liqueur, cedar, and spice. Supple-textured, medium to full-bodied, expansive, and savory with superb purity and texture, it can be

Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac 2006
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "This American-owned estate produces one of the most impressive wines made in Fronsac. Fashioned primarily from Merlot, the saturated ruby/purple-colored 2006 reveals superb sweet kirsch, black currant, licorice, forest floor, and earth characteristics, a textured, medium to

Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac 2008
89  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89"Soft, complex aromas of tobacco leaf, licorice, black cherries and black currants jump from the glass of this medium to dark ruby-colored 2008. This seductive, silky, mid-weight, savory, heady offering should be consumed over the next 5-7 years."

Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac 1998
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 (Top 100 2001)#61"Subtle aromas of mineral, berry, cherry and licorice. Full-bodied, with wonderfully polished tannins and a long, long finish. Amazing quality for this estate. One of the great buys of the vintage. Best after 2008. 5,000 cases made. (JS)"