2011 La Vieille Cure, Fronsac (Pre-Arrival)
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.
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)
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.