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2005 Château La Vieille Cure

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • Fronsac
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Community Tasting Notes 281

  • RGCM Gananda Likes this wine: 91 points

    July 3, 2020 - Prior bottle was a bit over 31 months ago and the wine has continued to evolve positively. Nose shows plum, black cherry, graphite and earth notes. Between medium and full bodied with black cherry upfront which exhibits a blend of brightness and softer, more expressive notes. Mid-body is really impressive: adds plum notes along with other blackfruits, but its the balance and refinement that really make it special. Transition to the finish is nearly seamless with some red cherry and blackberry notes plus acidity for highlights and fine grained tannins for backbone. Strong finishing length, showing graphite, minerals and integrated spices. As compared to prior bottle, the fruit was more expressive and the balance between structure and fruit was improved to the advantage of both. Feels close to peak at almost 15 years of age, but has the element to hold this level for several more years. Quite impressed with how this bottle turned out and I'll be on the lookout for more.

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  • gnosis Likes this wine:

    June 13, 2020 - I agree with most recent reviews. I had heard about corked bottles or premox, so I was concerned, but this bottle is flawless. Mostly I key into the more traditional Bordeaux flavors to it, even if it has also has some modern aspects. Many point out, so-called modern or traditional styles when young tend towards each other as they age. Anyway, I was very pleasantly surprised by this. It is a wine now that I enjoy. Resolved tannins, dark stewed fruit, but definitely earthy leathery notes laid over that. I do get the olive tapenade. Tell-tale Bordeaux notes that I enjoy. A bit of dirt in the glass. Good with food; but for Bdx fans, I found it enjoyable enough on its own due to very soft resolved tannins with some supple fruit. Heat, yes, but seems balanced still with acidity and supple fruit. In a good spot and quite enjoyable with a small steak dinner. The rest for dinner tomorrow. It seems to be holding up, suggesting it will keep for a while yet. I'll be pretty tempted to drink the second bottle sooner than later though. I forget the price I paid, but from memory this is quite a good value. I'll buy again.

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  • blanquito wrote:

    June 13, 2020 - After the recent LVC chatter, I decided to take one of these out for a stroll... Still sports a dark magenta hue, and a big, lifted bouquet displaying a bit of heat, sweet cranberries, and loads of char and roasted notes. The nose is really distinctive, it’s filled with both fresh notes of lemon zest and dark char scents like French roast coffee grounds. It’s not an especially attractive bouquet, but if you like wines from volcanic soils or the big black wines of Campania, this would appeal. Despite all that, I don’t find this bouquet oaky, not even a little. The palate tastes a lot like the way this smells, with lots of bright cranberries mixed with black fruits, French roast and mulled wine. It has a ponderous mouthfeel on the mid-palate. Not confected in obvious any way despite all of the volume. Long, juicy, minty, acrid finish.

    Honestly, I don’t know what to make of this wine. It’s an odd combo of modernista (roast, char) and traditional flavors (cranberries, lemon zest). It certainly lacks elegance and charm. And it would be weary work to drink much more than a glass of this. It’s nothing like the 2003 from here, which ironically (given the torrid heat in 03) was much less extracted and filled with red fruits and a charming green streak. Clearly, they went big in 2005 and ended up with roasted fruit and an overextracted wine. A lot of wine for the $21 I paid, but even without a heavy, nauseating overlay of new oak this is still an object lesson in why I'm not a fan of big, powerful, modern wines. Parker gave this a 93 point rating, by the way.

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  • thesternowl Likes this wine: 91 points

    May 28, 2020 - I am more and more convinced that the wines from Chateau La Vieille Cure are made for the pleasure of those who truly love old school Bordeaux. There is absolute nothing modern about them. Dark currants, earth, pencil shavings, olive tapenade, and mushrooms. About as rustic as they come. Tannins are well integrated but the structure is holding fast. While I think it’s safe to say that the 2005 has entered its gradual, graceful decline, I have no doubt in my mind this will deliver the goods for at least a decade.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Golf_Wine Likes this wine: 92 points

    May 17, 2020 - Deep dark purple ink color. Poured through a Vinturi and in hindsight should have decanted. Nose was pretty much as it looked, deep dark austere nose....if that makes sense. Old school nose. As it opened violet, fennel, crushed dark plums, black berries. Drinking at first very tannic, chalk, dark dark blue fruits, gums were even taking a beating. Opened up after 2o minutes...slowly, started to drink well an hour in and got better and better over 4 hours. Dark blue fruits, solid backbone of tannin that ended up holding the wine together more than hurting it. Rich in dark chocolate, pine sap, figs, not prunes, some red fruits like slightly under ripe plum. As the night went on the wine became more acidic. Which I assume have been there the entire time cutting through the otherwise huge dark flavor profile. This wine is still on WS for $45. I think I'd buy more since this was my last bottle. I would guess this wine will be good for a long time, and still would get better over time. Had the wine with pan seared centercut filet rosemary, garlic butter sauce and roasted potatoes, this wine pairing was great.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Richard Jennings
    10/18/2008 (link) 92 points

    (Château La Vieille Cure) Dark red violet color; tart cassis nose; good tart cassis, tobacco and tart plum palate with fine, firm tannins; medium finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château La Vieille Cure
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Libournais
  • Appellation Fronsac
  • UPC Codes 087000357068, 3192371066758, 3364501051013, 3364501101015, 3364501111014, 3419466179484, 364501051013, 721713850224

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 70 (1%)
  • In Cellars 3,183 (51%)
  • Consumed 2,975 (48%)

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Community Recommendations

agneau, boeuf, Drunk with Dana and Tony during Renaissance Festival weekend., magret, viande rouge

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