2011 La Vieille Cure, Fronsac (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 (mostly Merlot) struts its stuff with a deep ruby/purple color in addition to lots of creme de cassis, mocha and floral notes. Full-bodied with a juicy, opulent personality, impressive purity, a broad, expansive texture, sweet tannin, and enough acidity for definition and vibrancy in the finish, it should drink well for 10-12+ years. The 2011 is a sleeper of the vintage. La Vieille Cure may well be the reference point for Fronsac given its performances over the last decade. Consistently one of the top two or three wines of the appellation.
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.
½* Good mid-palate. Quite nice. Trey: Red fruits abound. Extracted nose, with red licorice, mint and sweet fruit. There's a bit of tannin, but it's still in balance.