Vieille Cure 2005


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Tasting Notes

La Vieille Cure’s amazing 2005 is even better than their terrific 2003 and 2000. The 2005 boasts an inky/ruby color as well as a gorgeously sweet perfume of charcoal, black cherries, black currants, and spring flowers as well as an underlying mineral component. Superb concentration, full-bodied power, wonderful symmetry, purity, and texture, and a multidimensional mouthfeel are all found in this fabulous sleeper of the vintage.

Score: 93

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2010-2020+ 01 April 2008

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. Best after 2010.

Score: 90

James Suckling, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2010+ 31 March 2008

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.

Score: 87 - 89

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar 01 May 2006

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?

Score: 16

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2009-2014 19 April 2006