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  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Chicken in red wine sauce

The Story

This relatively high proportion of Merlot is accounted for by the fact that the Margaux appellation is located within a part of the Médoc peninsular where soils have more clay and less deep gravel, and are better suited to the balance of this varietal. All the finesse of the Merlot is brought out on these clay soils, unlike the Cabernet Sauvignon which performs best on well-drained deep gravel soils.

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Vintage 2014

 A wine of total finesse, the 2014 Prieuré-Lichine boasts striking purity in its fruit. The flavors are bright and floral throughout, with plenty of red currant, cherry and raspberry. There is virtually no sensation of tannin. Although perhaps not super-complex, the 2014 is impeccably balanced and harmonious from the very first taste. I imagine the 2014 will drink well with minimal cellaring, as it is already quite open-knit and expressive. This is a very strong showing from Prieuré-Lichine and consulting winemakers Stéphane Derenoncourt and Julien Lavenu. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Tasted twice.  (4/2015)

91-94 points Antonio Galloni

92-93 points James Suckling

 Beautiful concentration and depth to this red with blueberry, blackberry and licorice character. Full and structured with strength and finesse.  (4/2015)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The Château Prieuré-Lichine 2014 has a rather standoffish nose at first, but with a few swirls of the glass it opens up to reveal blackcurrant, raspberry and cassis scents with a light estuary influence just underneath (perhaps a whiff from the Gironde?) The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, lighter in style than other Margaux, but elegant and focused, the finish very harmonious with assiduously integrated new oak. Very fine. Tasted twice with consistent notes. (NM)  (4/2015)

89-92 points Wine Spectator

 Focused, with a velvety beam of crushed plum and warm cherry notes flowing through the anise- and plum cake-accented finish. A little reliant on toast in the end, but the balance is there.  (4/2015)

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Information

Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Average

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Prieure-Lichine 2014  ( Château Prieure-Lichine )

"Dark purple red with violet hue and black centre. Dark chocolate, dark berries and hints of mild spices. On the palate well structured with distinct tannins and hints of blackberries in the aftertaste. "

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