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Professional Ratings: 92 Wine Spectator, 92 The Wine Advocate
Region: Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Style: Smooth & Supple
Item no. 117113
This wine, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, whose vines are more than 25 years old, has been aged in oak casks. It has succulent ripe fruits and firm tannins and may be drunk young or cellared for 10 to 15 years. It is particularly well-suited to being served with meats or grilled fish.
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.
Barrel Sample: 89-92 Points
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.
Barrel Sample: 90-92 Points