In 1986, Americans Colin Ferenbach and Peter Sachs purchased the 200 year old Chateau la Vieille Cure in Bordeaux’s forgotten Fronsac region. The name means “the old rectory” obviously referring to the fact that one of the buildings on the property was once home to the local priest. The vineyard, which existed long before the chateau, is planted to 74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The new American proprietors were great wine fans already and were extremely serious and motivated owners, modernizing and improving the entire operation. Just as an example la Vieille Cure was one of Bordeaux’s first petit chateaux to use the “micro oxygenation” technique to make their wines richer and more flattering at a younger age. The partners also hired world famous enologist Michel Rolland to work with them.
The result has been decades of delicious wines that still remain at a reasonable price.