Château La Vieille Croix, Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
Located in “Charlemagne’s little valley”, the vineyards of La Vieille Croix have an average age of 40 years and are composed at 80% with merlot and 20% with cabernet franc varieties. With a surface area of 13 ha, the estate remains on a human scale with manual cultivation and harvesting techniques along the lines of the « Grands crus » tradition as is any work carried out on the vines (destemming, sorting, harvest-ing...). Situated next to prestigious appella-tions such a Pomerol and Saint Emilion, the Fronsac « Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée » is spread across soils composed of clays and lime-stone. In fact, a special type of starfish limestone predominates on hillocks and plateaux whilst molasses, tendre rocks with a limestone plateau, compose the slopes and valleys. The typicity of this terroir, which is a reminder of the one on the Saint Emilion plateau, is emphasized by the diversity of a rugged landscape. The two rivers, the Dordogne and the Isle form a protection for the vineyards against spring frosts and the presence of strawberry trees and holm oak trees bears wit-ness to this privileged climate.
La Vieille Croix has a flattering cherry, a plum bouquet with subtle scents of smokiness, licorice and coffee. The tannins are well integrated first and open into a full-bodied and silky mouth feeling. This is a real refined wine to fall in love with. Highly complex and intense, this Fronsac is ideally paired with the smoky notes of braised meat as well as hard cheeses and elegant truffle-based dishes.