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2020 Château Le Prieuré En Primeur

Just last year Château Le Prieuré was acquired by the owners of Calon-Ségur.  Prior to that it was owned by Francois Pinault's Artemis Group (owners of Latour).  Clearly, the premier league estate owners see great potential here.  Released at £188 per six bottles in bond and as high as 95-97 points by Galloni, this is one to move quickly on.  Limited availability.

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Château Le Prieuré, Saint-Émilion

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Château Le Prieuré, Saint-Émilion

Château Le Prieuré is a Grand Cru Classé estate in Saint-Émilion.  The estate dates to the 17th century, but is possibly much older, with the name originating from a priory in the area.  In 2017 the estate was sold to Francois Pinault's Artemis Group (owners of Latour).  However, in 2020, the estate was sold again (along with Vrai Canon de Gay and Siaurac) to the Suravenir Insurance Group, owners of Calon-Segur.  Obviously these premier-league estate owners see potential in this vineyard, even though it has just 6.25 hectares and no actual château.  The vineyards are split into numerous small parcels and are planted to 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc.  The main terroir is clay over limestone. The estate began conversion to biodynamics in 2016.

RED 2020 Château Le Prieuré 75cl £188 per case of 6 Château Le Prieuré
2020 / / 75cl
£188 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"Full bottle 1,250 g. Cask sample taken 7 April. Property acquired by the Pinault family's Artémis wine group and now converted to biodynamic viticulture, but sold, along with their other right bank ventures Chx Siaurac in Lalande-de-Pomerol and Vray Croix de Gay in Pomerol to Suravenir, the insurance group that also owns Ch Calon Ségur. See report on this report by Yohan Castaing. More transparent crimson than most of its peers. Subtle but confident nose. Nothing obviously sweet about this. Very appetising and engaging with real 21st-century grip and authenticity. The team, led from Ch Latour in Pauillac presumably, really seem to have sprinkled some refinement magic dust on this wine. Very distinctive and much drier and less obviously tannic than most 2020 St-Émilions. I wonder whether it was picked a bit earlier? Impressive freshness and drive without notable acidity. 17 points""Textured with depth to the hawthorn, raspberry and blackberry fruit that travels down several layers. The frame is drenched with juicy and taut limestone minerality, with almost a juniper and saline sting. Hard to argue with the quality here. First year with new owners, Suravenir of Calon-Ségur, Penelope Godefroy is still the winemaker. A yield of 30hl/ha, organic winemaking. Drinking Window 2027 - 2040. 94 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"The 2020 Le Prieure is a blend of 83% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc, with 14.3% alcohol. It is aging for an anticipated 16 months in French oak barriques, 35% new. Deep purple-black colored, it needs a little swirling and coaxing to reveal fragrant notes of lilacs, underbrush and sandalwood over a core of Morello cherries and plum preserves, plus a waft of woodsmoke. The medium to full-bodied palate has beautiful energy and tension, featuring layers of juicy red and black fruits with a plush texture, finishing long and perfumed. What a stunner! Drink 2024-2049. 93-95 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown,"The 2020 Le Prieuré is very intense on the nose of pure blackberry, raspberry preserve and subtle blueberry scents, the oak extremely well integrated. The medium-bodied palate delivers velvety tannins and a mélange of red and black fruit laced with blood orange and hints of marmalade. This is a nimble, tensile Saint-Émilion with real puissance toward the finish and a persistent spicy aftertaste. Wonderful. 94-96 points" Neal Martin,"The 2020 Le Prieuré is fabulous. Inky and deep, with tremendous vibrancy, it dazzles from start to finish. Blueberry jam, graphite, menthol and lavender build as the 2020 gradually shows off its pedigree. Bright saline and mineral notes punctuate the mouthwatering finish. Technical Director Pénélope Godefroy has taken the farming and winemaking principles she learned at Latour and the other Artemis Group properties and applied them at Siaurac, Vray Croix de Gay, and the crown jewel Le Prieuré, all of which are now owned by French insurance company Suravenir. The results have been nothing short of remarkable. Le Prieuré is quite simply one of the most beautiful, striking wines being made in Saint-Émilion today. 95-97 points" Antonio Galloni,

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