Wine Advocate #178 - August 2008

Rating: 93
Drink: 2010 - 2020+

La Vieille Cure's amazing 2005 is even better that their terrific 2003 and 2000. The 2005 boasts an inky/ruby color as well as a gorgeously sweet perfume of charcoal, black cherries, black currants, and spring flowers as well as an underlying mineral component. Superb concentration, full-bodied power, wonderful symmetry, purity, and texture, and a multidemensional mouthfeel are all found in this fabulous sleeper of the vintage.

Fall 2005

Cabernet franc and merlot are the main components in the typically lean wines of Fronsac, from Bordeaux' Right Bank. In 2000, these wines free riper and richer than usual, La Vieille Cure an example of how succors and delicious a firm Fronsac can be. Something interesting and mysterious happens when you taste this with the pork. The meat makes the wine taste leaner, and brings out its from-like spice. The wine makes the pork feel opulent, without adding any excess weight. There's a balance and harmony between the wine and the food that seems based on classicism rather than any individual element.

The Wine House
San Francisco

I love March ! It probably has something to do with my being hooked on baseball all those years ago, but i am still giddy with excitement when i turn the february page of the calendar. And this year is no exception. Two of my favorite musical acts are releasing new material, Eric Lindell and Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles, providing the soundtrack for all of the other good things on their way! You know, like Daylight Savings Time and the start of spring for starters.

Having prepared the March Dirty Dozen (with Anya's help), I find myself with a moment to look around and take a deep breath. So where do my thoughts wander when i have moments like this, inevitably with my physical being close behind? Why to the Bordeaux section, of course. It's as natural as the tide. I was invited by a friend who is a customer (or is it a customer who is a friend?) over for dinner last night, and wanted to bring something nive over. So as I grabbed my bootle of white Bordeaux (we were having mussels), something caught my eye. It was the 2005 Château La Vieille Cure.

I hope that will wake up one day in,say March 2024, and discover that I still have some 2005 Bordeaux left in my cellar. We'll see, I guess, but the foundation ot that 2005 cellar is right here in 2009! It's time for me to make my choices. Sure, I want some Leoville Las Cases; sure, I want some Pontet Canet; but in a vintage like 2005, prices will dictate which Châteaux will wind up in my cellar. The 2005 Château La Vielle Cure is one of them. With the prices of the two aforementioned wines being what they are, I'm Sorry, they won't be joining the party 2004. In a vintage like 2005, one doesn't nedd to shoot for the stars, because everybody got good grapes. This is the kind of vintage where the little people made exceptional wines.

We opened one of these up a while back and tasted it. Gripping and tight immediately after opening, one could detect an immense richness of dark fruit and earth just wainting to emerge. No one took the sample bottle home that day, but we were all pleased to discover it the following day (after it had been opened for 24 hours!). It had opened up brilliantly! It showed a deep, black cherry, earthy nuance that is best described as extraordinary. It is still a baby. If you want to try one, the 24 hours open trick works really well. it is meant ofr the cellar. I am so happy to make this wine a part of my future, and I highly recommend that you Bordeaux lovers out there do too! Oh just don't take my word for it, It Robert Parker has some very nice things to say about it as well (see above).

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