Deep purple-hued, the 2017 Chateau La Vieille Cure (75% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon) is a stunning success in the vintage. Notes of cassis, leafy herbs, tobacco, and spice all emerge from the glass, and this beauty is medium to full-bodied, ripe, textured, balanced, and nicely textured. With good acidity and a great finish, it's a smoking effort to drink over the coming 10-12 years.
92 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Feb 2020)
This is packed with plum and blackberry compote flavors, supported by graphite and smoldering tobacco notes. Everything melds through the solidly structured and toasty finish. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2030. 4,041 cases made.
92 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Mar 2020)
2020 Wine Spectator Top Value
An utterly delicious red with crushed berries, cappuccino and hints of black olives. Medium-bodied, compact and very soft. Really creamy texture. A blend of 75% merlot, 22% cabernet franc and 3% cabernet sauvignon. Hard not to drink now. So do it!
92 points, James Suckling (Jan 2020)
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 La Vieille Cure comes bounding out of the glass with bold baked plums, Black forest cake and licorice scents followed by hints of garrigue, roses and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the palate packs in the black fruit layers with a firm, grainy frame and spicy kick to the finish.
91 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Mar 2020)
The 2017 La Vieille Cure has a clean and well defined bouquet with blackberry, raspberry and light cedar aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity, well integrated oak with a detailed, characterful finish that is very satisfying. This Fronsac has certainly developed nicely since its showing in barrel and comes recommended.
91 points, Neal Martin, Vinous (Jan 2020)
A rich wine with powerful black fruits, this is opulent and dense. The wine's power is palpable, giving concentration and richness. Drink this massive wine from 2022.
90 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Mar 2020)