Château La Vieille Cure Fronsac 2009 Bordeaux (my last Bordeaux in this series of reviews), is 74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. At the cost of $29.74, which was 15% off of the NHLS retail price of $34.99, this is a very nice wine and I scored it with an appropriate 92 points; it is a complex dry red wine, with the color being a slightly cloudy black currant trending violet to the transparent rim. The aroma is red and black cherry, beautifully restrained floral tones, hints of licorice and coffee, sweet cooking spice and a whiff of heat (14.5% alcohol).
Having a full body carrying ample acidity and powerful tannin, this wine piggybacks the aroma onto the palate with the addition of dark plum flavors.
The finish is long on spice and a touch of heat.
If forward tannin, powerful and lasting, bother you, you'll want to cellar this wine for some years, but I found the fruit moderated it sufficiently, and that it was drinking beautifully now.
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