Château La Vieille Cure – 2004

2004 fronsac2004 Château La Vieille Cure from #Fronsac. Fronsac is an appellation just west of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol that produces a number of wines that offer great value. Very dark ruby color. A bit shy on the nose, with dark fruits, sous bois, violets, tobacco, and some pepper. Did seem to shut down a bit after some aeration. Nothing really stands out on the palate, but it does have some charm. Good concentration. Tannins still a bit drying. Low/medium acidity. Overall a good value wine ($25), as many from Fronsac are. With a bit more age, this should improve a bit as the tannins soften and the aromatics evolve. This wine is fairly easy to find right now from a number of merchants. – 90pts Mar 2016

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Château Laforge – 2011

2011_laforge.jpgDark ruby/purple color. Bursting with fruit, with ripe plum, blackberry, oak, espresso, licorice, pepper, and violets. Lush and round, tannins surprisingly fine and silky at this stage. Acidity perhaps a bit low. Fine finish with medium length. Great value. Good daily drinker. 92pts – Oct. 2015