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Prieuré Lichine 2010


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Tasting Notes

Dense purple, with loads of blueberry and blackberry fruit as well as hints of smoke and subtle charred wood, this wine is expansive, round, generous, lush and multi-dimensional. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years.

A beautiful example of wine from this estate, which is using well-known consultant Stephane Derenoncourt, finished 2010 at 14.5% natural alcohol, and seems to be one of the sexier, more developed and evolved styles of the vintage.

Score: 92Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

The strongest Prieure Lichine produced in many years, along with consultant Stephane Derenoncourt, the proprietors have fashioned a wine with true opulence as well as wonderful projected aromatics of blue, red and black fruits, licorice, flowers and subtle oak. Silky tannins, a sexy, generous, opulent attack, mid-palate and finish, no hard edges and well-integrated acidity, tannin and alcohol (14.5%) are all found in this impressive Margaux. Give it 2-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25. It is potentially one of the longest lived wines made at Prieure Lichine since some of their classic efforts from the sixties.

Score: 92/94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, raised in 50% new oak, the Prieure-Lichine has intense blackberry, burnt toast and sous-bois on the nose, tobacco developing with time. The palate is better than the nose suggests with fine edgy tannins, a little hardness that will soften during elevage, cedar-infused, broody black fruit towards the tannic finish. Very masculine like many Margaux wine, but very well made. Tasted April 2011.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin,, April 2011

Wow. This shows a wonderful core of intense, ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Loads of berry, chocolate and toasted oak. A joy to taste young. Hard to decide if it's better than 2009 at this stage.

Score: 94/95James Suckling,, March 2011

Particularly dark. Heavy and sweet. Creamy and very modern. Satin texture and some astringency. Very chewy and dry on the finish. Long. Some mineral elements. A little bit painful for the moment. Very drying finish. Not very comfortable.

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2011

Etienne Charrier is the new technical director here with Stephane Derenoncourt the consultant. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Grapes were sorted by the revolutionary "La Vision" computerised system after harvesting at a very low yield. Elevage in 50% new oak. A soft, silky, rounded elegance here. Good Margaux character with good plump cherry fruit. Nicely done.

Score: 15.5Farr Vintners, April 2011

The tannins tend to show on the nose holding back the fruit. There is sweetness on the palate at first quite fleshy cassis then rather fresher raspberry and red cherry. The tannins are obvious and close down the back palate adding a dry feel to the finish.

Score: 86/90Derek Smedley MW, April 2011

Score: 93Tim Atkin MW,, April 2011

Fine, exuberant yet elegant Margaux fruit, very attractive and always one of the most attractive, typical wines of the appellation. Drink 2016-28.

Score: 17Steven Spurrier,, April 2011

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