2001 La Vieille Cure, Fronsac

SKU #1110848

Located just west of Saint Émilion on a limestone-rich plateau, the wines of Fronsac resemble the wines of their pricier neighbor in style and fly under the radar as superb values, especially in top vintages. This Merlot-based blend with about one quarter Cabernet Franc and little Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2001 vintage is just starting to come around. Secondary aromas and flavors of leather, sweet tobacco, dried cherry, and tea leaves mingle with raspberry, black plum and fig notes over a bed of warm earth, potpourri,and graphite. This is classic Merlot - plush and full in the mouth - but well-balanced overall with some grippy tannins and persistence on the finish. Decanting recommended.

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2012 | Send Email
2001 is a Bordeaux lover's vintage - the wines are solidly good to very good; they are aging nicely, even precociously; and, most importantly, they are reasonably priced. The Merlot crop was particularly good in 2001, and with around three quarters Merlot in the blend this 2001 La Vieille Cure, Fronsac is drinking beautifully. Big and ripe with plenty of sweet fruit and soft tannins, this can be consumed now or over the next few years.

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