Dark in color, showing lots of blackberry and licorice aromas, with a hint of tar. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and plenty of ripe fruit and smoky oak. Fun and interesting.
Author: James Suckling
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
Deep crimson. Healthy depth. Up to the limit of ripeness ? very sweet and not at all overworked on the point of tannin. Fresh acidity and a very neat touch of dryness on the finish. Perfectly straight, slightly countrified wine that is not fatally ambitious and should provide enormous pleasure to countless customers at Sainsbury?s and elsewhere. What more could you ask?
Author: Jancis Robinson
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89
Full ruby. Kirsch and licorice on the nose. Fat, dense and sweet, if a bit youthfully monolithic. At once plump and primary, with lively flavors of black fruits and bitter chocolate. Finishes with nicely buffered tannins and a rich chocolatey nuance.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2006
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
In this vintage, this estate (one of the leading properties in Fronsac) produced an opaque/purple blend of 75% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon from vines averaging 25 years of age. Offering beautiful black cherry and black raspberry fruit, abundant chalk, minerality, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and a long finish, this over-achieving, full-throttle Fronsac is a brilliant example of the vintage and of this terroir. Give it another several years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 10-15 years. This sleeper of the vintage should prove to be one of the longest-lived vintages of Vieille Cure to date. Kudos to the ownership.