Over the holidays, I went on a cruise in the Caribbean and then spent a week relaxing in Florida with my family. The first thing I did after arriving in Florida was purchase two cases of mixed wines for my stay.
I wasn’t able to find much Burgundy, but I picked up several bottles of Bordeaux, most from the 2005 vintage. I looked for estates with good reputations from lesser-known appellations, figuring it would be difficult to go wrong in a stellar year like 2005.
The first bottle we uncorked was the Château La Vieille Cure Fronsac 2005, which at $30, wasn’t exactly a bargain, but not outrageous either. After all, it was the holiday season.
Deeply colored, it delivered ripe plum and cherry aromas that gained richness on the palate, long with accents of fruitcake and spice. Warm and smooth yet fresh, it finished with moderate length. I rated it 89 points, non-blind.
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