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2020 Château Prieuré-Lichine En Primeur

2020 Château Prieuré-Lichine was released this morning En Primeur with an excellent score from James Suckling and an almost equally excellent note from Jancisrobinson.com.  Suckling scores it highly for a wine at just £305 per dozen bottles in bond; 95-96 points, whilst Julia Harding MW describes it as "Fragrant with the intense aromas of cassis and spicy black plum. A little sweeter-smelling than some but also dark and savoury, with subtle oak spice and char. Even a light floral note entwined with all that dark fruit....Full in the mouth but nicely dry and fresh on the finish. 17 points".  The complex patchwork of vineyard parcels here (see our full notes on the estate) may have something to do with its success in 2020, with the varied terroirs helping to mitigate the low rainfall in July.

Landing in spring 2023.

Limited availability.  To order, e-mail us at sales@richardkihl.ltd.uk 

Château Prieuré-Lichine, Margaux

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Château Prieuré-Lichine, Margaux

Château Prieuré-Lichine is a Quatrième Grand Cru Classé estate in the commune of MargauxFounded in the 12th century by monks from Vertheuil Abbey, the vineyards of the prieuré (or “priory”) of Cantenac belonged to the Church until the French Revolution.  In 1951, Alexis Lichine took over the estate and his name was added to the estate name two years later.  He expanded the vineyards, modernized the cellars and renovated the monks’ former living quarters. 

The estate has been owned since 1999 by the Ballande group, a Bordeaux company includes the negociants Ballande & Meneret.  Ballande added further parcels of vines and a new cellar.  They also brought in consultant viticulturalist Stéphane Derenoncourt.

The 78 hectares are planted to 55 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 40 % Merlot and 5 % Petit Verdot.  The gradual expansion the vineyards means that Prieuré-Lichine's are some of the most fragmented of any estate, but this has been turned into a virtue, with a wide variety of terroirs contributing to the wine. The second wine is called Confidences de Prieuré-Lichine

RED 2020 Château Prieuré Lichine 75cl £305 per case of 12 Château Prieuré Lichine
2020 / / 75cl
£305 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Full bottle 1,297 g. Cask sample taken 6 April. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 40% new oak. Black core with purplish rim. Fragrant with the intense aromas of cassis and spicy black plum. A little sweeter-smelling than some but also dark and savoury, with subtle oak spice and char. Even a light floral note entwined with all that dark fruit. The oak is a little more obvious on the palate, as much in the smooth but thick tannins as in the flavour. Full in the mouth but nicely dry and fresh on the finish. 17 points" jancisrobinson.com (JH)------"Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2020 Prieure-Lichine offers up notes of fresh redcurrants, blackcurrant pastilles, boysenberries and dried Provence herbs, plus wafts of tobacco leaf and pencil shavings. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers a great intensity of pure black and red fruit flavors, framed by grainy tannins and a lively backbone, finishing long with a refreshing herbal lift. Drink 2024-2040. 91-93 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, RobertParker.com------"Plenty of juicy dripping autumnal fruit, cassis and blueberry with a crack of black pepper and a good lick of saline freshness on the finish that makes you want to take another sip. One of the clear successes, intense and concentrated with balanced tannins and acidity, if some bitter almond overtones. A yield of 32hl/ha. 40% new oak. Harvested right through to October 1st.Tasted twice. Drinking Window 2027 - 2040. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter.com------"This is really something with pure blackberry and blueberry character. Chewy yet ultra fine tannins. It goes on and on. Could challenge the great 2016. 95-96 points" jamessuckling.com

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