2011 La Vieille Cure, Fronsac (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1092429 89-92 points Wine Spectator

 Still primal, with sappy kirsch and plum notes. There's also lots of sweet toast to be soaked up, but this has a fleshy edge that belies the vintage's profile.  (4/ 2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An amazing effort in this vintage, La Vieille Cure has been one of the top 3 or 4 Fronsacs in most recent vintages. The 2011 is fashioned from 75% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Many consumers will probably drink this wine entirely too young (and I have no problem with that), there is no doubt it has serious aging potential. A true revelation, this sleeper of the vintage is one of the finest wines money can buy. The dense ruby/purple color is followed by a sumptuous palate impression of silky black cherries and blackberries intermixed with wild strawberries. Opulent and rich with the abundant glycerin and lavish concentration concealing moderate tannins, this is a sensational effort in this challenging vintage. With nearly 14% natural alcohol as well as tremendous ripeness, it should drink well for 10+ years. This sleeper of the vintage merits consumer attention. (RP)  (4/ 2014)

James Suckling

 Bright blueberry, raspberry and mineral character on the nose and palate. Medium body with fine tannins and a fresh, clean finish. A little hard; better after 2015 with it softens.  (2/ 2014)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/5/2014  | Send Email
½* Good mid-palate. Quite nice.

By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/5/2014  | Send Email
Red fruits abound. Extracted nose, with red licorice, mint and sweet fruit. There's a bit of tannin, but it's still in balance.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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