Prieuré Lichine 2018


Stephane Derenoncourt consults at this 85 hectare Margaux property. The vineyard is planted 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot.


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Tasting Notes

Deep purple colour. The nose here is toasty and creamy in cassis fruit, with hints of dried violets and savoury cedar. The palate is succulent and ripe, with dark chocolate and creamy black cherries. Peppery violets and clove come through but are subtle and integrated, as are the supple tannins. The finish is long, fine and lifted.

Score: 15.5+Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019

The 2018 Prieuré-Lichine has an understated but elegant bouquet of blackberry, briar and light cedar aromas that give way to more floral scents with aeration. The palate is fuller and more voluminous, with thick tannins coating the mouth. This Margaux is almost heady in style, leading to a velvety, voluptuous finish. There is something a little garish about this Prieuré-Lichine at this stage, but if it can temper its excesses before bottling, it may turn out quite delicious. 2023 - 2035

Score: 89/91Neal Martin,, November 2019

The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Prieure-Lichine slips sensuously out of the glass with gorgeous raspberry coulis, chocolate-covered cherries and warm cassis scents with hints of candied violets, licorice, camphor and wilted roses. The full-bodied, richly fruited palate is beautifully perfumed with loads of floral accents and has a firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins, finishing long with some mineral notions coming through. Very pretty.

Score: 91/93Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019

This is a very fresh and bright red with lots of blue fruit and linear and fine tannins that have drive down the center palate. 65 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 30 per cent merlot and 5 per cent petit verdot.

Score: 93/94James Suckling,, April 2019

The 2018 Prieuré-Lichine is gorgeous. Bright and racy in the glass, the 2018 impresses with its magnificent purity of fruit. In 2018, Prieuré-Lichine has terrific energy and cut. It is perhaps a bit less creamy than the 2016, but also impeccable in its balance. Part of that is driven by the higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend in 2018. Rose petal, lavender, mint and spice add nuance to a core of red/purplish fruit. Tasted two times.

Score: 92/95Antonio Galloni,, May 2019

The 2018 Château Prieuré-Lichine is an attractive, elegant Margaux offering classic, pretty red and black fruits, cedary spice, and dried flowers aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, and again, with an incredible floral character, it has a supple, rounded texture that’s going to allow it to drink nicely in its youth, yet it should also evolve for 15+ years or more. I suspect this will surpass the ’14, ’15, and ’16.

Score: 90/93Jeb Dunnuck,, May 2019

Prieuré Lichine has done a great job of capturing the rich concentration in the cassis and blackberry fruits that are easily found in 2018, wrapped up perfectly in juicy, vibrant strands of acidity and tannin. There's no question that this is an intense wine, and although the alcohol is not especially high it has a generous texture. Spice notes lend a sense of uplift to balance out the exuberance of the palate. I expect this will close down for a good few years before coming into its own.

Prieuré Lichine operate a gravity-fed winery for gentle handling of the fruit. 2018 saw a yield of 35hl/ha. Aged in 45% new oak.

Drinking Window 2027 - 2042

Score: 94Jane Anson,, April 2019

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