Wine Geek Recommended
Meet the CoolVines Wine Geek! He’ll guide you toward – or away from! – wines that have a unique flavor profile: intentionally oxidized wines, earthy, stinky wines, wines with a bit of fritz on the tongue. Look for him throughout our web site, and on the shelves in our stores, to point the way toward these geeky wines.
Chateau La Vieille Cure, a perennial Fronsac favorite, produced another beauty in 2004. Merlot based, the wine has wonderful fruit aromas, backed up with good structure and balance on the palate. From perhaps the best estate in the value haven of Fronsac, this Merlot-dominated Bordeaux is rich, complex and a steal at the price!
With its twenty hectares in one single plot, Château La Vieille Cure already appears on a famous map of the Guyenne region, known as the Belleyme map, dated 1780. The vines grow on plateaux and slopes that are lucky enough to be turned to the south west. The estate runs along the River Isle at a height of 65 meters and not only drinks up the sun, but also enjoys good drainage. This situation makes the grapes that grow there generously ripe and in perfect condition. The property has been greatly renovated since it was bought by American friends at the end of 1986, who are great Bordeaux lovers and who recognized the exceptional potential of the estate. A large part of the vineyard was remodeled and replanted, without of course touching the very old vines of which one plot is a hundred years old. A new cellar was built with the latest equipment and aging in casks was begun. The overall objective of these investments was to make high quality wines capable of world-wide distribution.
The undisputed king of France's wine regions, Bordeaux sits amidst and astride the rivers Dordogne and Garonne. Accounting for some 800 million bottles produced each year, Bordeaux has built its reputation on quality, with some of the world's most sought-after wines being crafted along the river banks. Bordeaux also creates a large amount of table wine, mostly sourced from the lesser of Bordeaux's 57 appellations. Bordeaux boasts over 10,000 winemakers. Known mostly for the red blends, Bordeaux also enjoys notoriety for its excellent sweet white wines, as well as several high-quality dry whites created mostly in the central regions between the two rivers.