2000 La Vieille Cure, Fronsac

SKU #1063638 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Wow, what a sexy wine! Deep ruby/purple, with a glorious nose of kirsch liqueur, caramel, and toast, this sweet, expansive, medium to full-bodied wine marries elegance and power brilliantly. The acidity is low, the fruit ripe, the tannins integrated, and the impression one of sumptuous, concentrated fruit. Drink it over the next decade. This is the best La Vieille Cure made to date.  (4/2003)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Raspberry, bitter chocolate and mint aromas. Sweet and easygoing, with attractive ripeness and a rather soft structure. Finishes with easy tannins and a minty nuance.  (5/2001)

Wine Spectator

 Rich aromas of coffee and raspberries with hints of plums. Medium-bodied, with velvety tannins and smoky finish. Very fine. Best after 2005.  (3/2003)

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