We Love It, Robert Parker Does Too



2005 Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac
Red Wine; Bordeaux Blend; Bordeaux;
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vinesI love March! It probably has something to do with my being hooked on baseball all those years ago, but I am still giddy with excitement when I turn the February page of the calendar. And this year is no exception. Two of my favorite musical acts are releasing new material, Eric Lindell and Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles , providing the soundtrack for all of the other good things on their way! You know, like Daylight Savings Time and the start of spring for starters.

Having prepared the March Dirty Dozen (with Anya’s help), I find myself with a moment to look around and take a deep breath. So where do my thoughts wander when I have moments like this, inevitably with my physical being close behind? Why to the Bordeaux section, of course. It’s as natural as the tide. I was invited by a friend who is a customer (or is it a customer who is a friend?) over for dinner last night, and wanted to bring something nice over. So as I grabbed my bottle of white Bordeaux (we were having mussels), something caught my eye. It was the 2005 Chateau la Vieille Cure.

I hope that I will wake up one day in, say March 2024, and discover that I still have some 2005 Bordeaux left in my cellar. We’ll see, I guess, but the foundation of that 2005 cellar is right here in 2009! It’s time for me to make my choices. Sure, I want some Leoville Las Cases; sure, I want some Pontet Canet; but in a vintage like 2005, prices will dictate which Chateaux will wind up in my cellar. The 2005 Chateau la Vieille Cure is one of them. With the prices of the two aforementioned wines being what they are, I’m sorry, they won’t be joining the party in 2024. In a vintage like 2005, one doesn’t need to shoot for the stars, because everybody got good grapes. This is the kind of vintage where the little people made exceptional wines.

We opened one of these up a while back and tasted it. Gripping and tight immediately after opening, one could detect an immense richness of dark fruit and earth just waiting to emerge. No one took the sample bottle home that day, but we were all pleased to discover it the following day (after it had been opened for 24 hours!). It had opened up brilliantly! It showed a deep, black cherry, earthy nuance that is best described as extraordinary. It is still a baby. If you want to try one, the 24 hours open trick works really well. It is meant for the cellar. I am so happy to make this wine a part of my future, and I highly recommend that you Bordeaux lovers out there do too! Oh, just don’t take my word for it, Robert Parker has some very nice things to say about it as well. His Notes below.


From The Wine Advocate #178, August 2008: 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. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020+ – 93 Points
Please feel free to email me with any questions or comments about March, why I don’t watch baseball anymore, mussels, 2024, or Bordeaux: peter.winehouse@sbcglobal.net


Filed under 2005 Bordeaux, Bordeaux, French Wine, Peter Zavialoff

3 responses to “We Love It, Robert Parker Does Too

  1. Glad to hear you share our love for the music of Sarah and the band.


  2. Phil

    who gives a chit if Parker loves a wine. Personally, when he recommends a wine, I steer way clear. Not into the big, flat, oaky thing.

    • winehousesf

      Thanks for your feedback. That’s kind of the point of the title of the posting. Usually we don’t agree. For me personally, I seem to consistently enjoy wines he gives lower scores to. Two which come immediately to mind are the 2004 La Tour Figeac and 2006 Giscours.



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