Prieuré Lichine 2009

RegionBordeaux
SubregionMargaux
ColourRed
TypeStill

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Tasting Notes

The soft, sexy 2009 exhibits a dense plum/purple color along with a big, sweet bouquet of raspberries, black cherries, black currants, smoke and forest floor. Opulent and round with an attractive viscosity as well as outstanding purity, depth and length, it should drink well for two decades. While not one of the longest lived wines of the vintage, it is among the most precocious, flattering and charming at present.

Prieure-Lichine's beautiful, seductive 2009 is one of the finest efforts yet made at this property that was rejuvenated under the late Alexis Lichine. Quality began improving dramatically about fifteen years ago and with the hiring of wine consultant Stephane Derenoncourt things have improved even further.

Score: 93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (199), March 2012

Beautiful floral-infused black fruits jump from the glass of this opaque ruby/purple-colored wine. Possibly richer, denser, and even more complete than the brilliant 2005 (although it is still too early to say that definitively), this is certainly a more opulent, succulent style of wine than even the 2005, which had surprising flesh for a wine from that vintage. The Right Bank consultant Stephane Derenoncourt has performed some magic here, as recent vintages attest, and the wines are often fairly priced as well. This full-bodied Prieure-Lichine should drink well for 20-25 years. (Tasted two times.) Drink 2010-2035.

Score: 91/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

Tasted at a negociant and UGC. Tight on the nose at first: earthy black fruits: a touch of briary, fruitcake, cedar and damp moss. Good delineation and quite "classic" in style. The palate is medium-bodied with good concentration, the tannins just a little coarse at the moment but that will calm down through its elevage. Good delineation, quite foursquare and not charming at the moment, but will offer its delights after 4-5 years of bottling. Tasted March 2010.

Score: 89/91Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010

Complex aromas of mineral, blueberry and currant follow through to a full body, with superfine tannins and a long, long finish. This is exceptional. Best of all time.

Score: 94/97James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010

The nose is very tight and tannic firmness tends to overshadow the fruit sweetness on the start of the palate. There is minty cassis on the mid palate all slightly held back by the tannic structure that is there on the finish. There is the feeling that more fruit will show with time. Drink 2020-2040.

Score: 88/91Derek Smedley MW, April 2010

Very pale rim. Sweet, heady nose. Very sweet start on the palate and perhaps not quite enough refreshment factor? Tannins slightly rustic but there is lots of pleasure here. Date tasted 31st March 2010. Drink 2016-2027.

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010

Etienne Charrier is the new technical director here with Stephane Derenoncourt the consultant, and what a great job they have done in 2009. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The grapes were sorted by the revolutionary "La Vision" computerised system after harvesting at a very low yield of 30.5 hl/ha. Elvevage in 50% new oak. Smooth, supple and charming yet with plenty of density. This is a very fine and pure expression of Margaux with lovely freshness and balance. Ripe red fruit and a silky texture.The best wine that we have ever tasted here. Great Margaux!

Score: 15.5Farr Vintners, April 2010

Deep red, fine floral wild roses Margaux nose, very good ripe fruit and harmonious Cabernet-Merlot blend, quite forward, attractive fleshy fruit and will age well. Drink 2014-20.

Score: 17Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2010

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