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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

2004 Chateau La Vieille Cure - Fronsac

Geeeez! I love Bordeaux! I tell most my wine geek buddies that it's the region I would choose if I only had one wine to drink for the rest of my life. (Champagne is a close second....then perhaps Montalcino)

Anyways as I sit here writing this, the glass of the wine that I poured to write this post is literally filling the room with amazing ripe plum and blackberry aromas. I haven't even tasted it yet and I'm drooling here in my seat! Darn it....I should have made this a more religious experience and chopped up some cheese and broke out those tasteless, cardboard-like, white crackers! Oh well, the wine will have to provide all the enjoyment.

So this Chateau was built in 1823 and is literally surounded by vineyards that have been making wines for centuries. Fronsac is a region located west of Saint Emilion and is known for producing wines made mostly of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

From what I gathered from Michael Skurnik's website, this wine is composed of 80% Merlot with the rest being made up of both Cab and Cab Franc. The back label state's that it's aged for 18 months in oak barrels and it's bottled at the estate.

On the nose I get intense black plum aromas that combine with mocha, tar, pencil led, cassis, and maybe a little touch of anise. If you search hard enough you can get the slightest touch of terroir that sneaks through in the form of a minerally soil complex and some crushed rocks.

On the palate the wine has a very sensual texture and some polished but very firm tannins. The plum flavors are still present but the black currant has definitely taken center stage! I get a very intense black tea component too that is sort of sophisticated.....haha that's sounds stuffy huh! CAUTION - This is a wine that is not suited for the fruit lover. It has loads of depth and complexity but speaks black currant, tea, tar, cassis, pencil led, paint, and grit. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

I find that with places like Chateau La Vieille Cure that have been in existence for well over a hundred years, they really know about how to make wine that expresses the soil. This is Fronsac my friends, clay and limestone soils and some really bomb Merlot. Remember that this property is on a plateau that over looks Pomerol, so when we speak about the essence of Merlot, this is it.

Intense, dry, seductive, sophisticated.....haha, complex, terroir-driven, and hmm.. 92 points

Tim Hanlon said...

Great Choice! finding a similar finding with the 2006

 
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