Robert Parker
The Wine Advocate, #212, April 2104
rating: 91 - Drink: 2014-2024

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 not 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 a vintage merits consumer attention.

Robert Parker

The Wine Advocate, May 2012
rating: 90-92

The 2011 (mostly Merlot) struts its stuff with a deep and ruby/purple color in addition to lots of crème de cassis, mocha and floral notes.  Full-bodiet 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.

June 30, 2012

Château La Vieille Cure may well be the reference point for Fronsac given its performance over the last decade. Consistently one of the top two or three wines of the appellation.

Wines from the Fronsac and Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux should represent solid value, as prices for most 2011s are likely to come down significantly. The wines from Domaine de l'A, Château Joanin Bécot, Château Delem and Château de la Vieille Cure, among others, should make for savvy en primeur buys and should not be overlooked. (Prices for the wines had yet to be announced at press time).

Decanter - June 2012

A satisfactory vintage for these two appellations, albeit less rich and concentrated than 2008, 2009 and 2010. The clay and limestone soils dealt admirably with the heat and drought of the year and the Merlot has produced some fresh, aromatic wines. Colours are deep and there is enough fruit to match the relatively high acidity. Then instance of drying tannins is less marked and, in general, producers have not tried to overextract. The sturcture of the wines will permit some mid-term ageing. Wile there are no high-scoring wines, as usual, there will be some good-value wines for enjoyable drinking here.

FRONSAC: 3 Stars - Ch de la Vieille Cure 15.5

La Revue des Vins de France - Juin 2012

Château la Vieille Cure, Fronsac
Une couleur intense, des notes de fruits mürs, une bouche compacte et suave. L'elevage est bien maîtriséet la finale marquée par les tannins serrés. 17€

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