2010 Villars, Fronsac (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A terrific wine from proprietor Thierry Gaudrie, this wine, which has a similar blend to the La Vieille Cure (73% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon), has an inky purple color and a big, sweet kiss of blueberry liqueur intermixed with creme de cassis, camphor, licorice and a hint of graphite. Full-bodied, rich and unctuously textured, this is a seriously endowed Fronsac to drink over the next 15+ years.
The Villars, Fronsac gets its depth and power from the clay and limestone soils that make up the estate. Made from the oldest vines on the property, it is aged entirely in French oak, which imparts spice that complement the floral, fruit-forward character of the wine. Cellar-worthy.