2014 Chateau La Vieille Cure

Year: 2014
Appellation: Fronsac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 86-88
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 91
Jeff Leve: 89-91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :

"Ripe and structured, this sports a vivid core of cassis and plum that races along, with fine-grained structure and light anise, bay and chalk notes hanging in the background. The long finish has cut and drive, with the cassis accent pushing through with determination. Rock-solid. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2018 through 2026. 4,500 cases made.–JM " (WS)

"Always one of the ripest and most hedonistic of the Fronsacs, this wine again delivers the goods. Dense ruby/purple, with loads of black currant and licorice-infused black raspberry fruit, this wine has stunning density, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and impressive purity, texture and length. The high Merlot content always seems to ensure a wine that has accessibility young, but also has the potential to easily last for a decade or more. This is once again a major sleeper of the vintage.

A stunningly opulent, even voluptuous style of wine from proprietor Colin Ferenbach (an American, of all things!), this blend of 75% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon emerges from 45 acres of hillside vineyards in Fronsac." (WA)

"The 2014 La Vieille Cure is soft, supple and radiant throughout. Succulent red cherry, sweet tobacco, raspberry and flowers all flesh out in a deep, expressive Fronsac endowed with real class. Bright fruit-toned fruit and lively acids give the 2014 its distinctive personality. The interplay of succulent fruit and lifted aromatics is compelling." (VM)

"This is a pretty serious wine for Fronsac with rather bold tannins that are well judged and give the wine warmth, power and ageing potential! Drink or hold." (JS)

"Lush, round, polished and packed with plenty of fat, juicy, round berries, licorice and chocolate. 89-91 90 points - Tasted May 1, 2015" (JL)