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Prieuré Lichine 2011

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Margaux
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon

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Tasting Notes

Typically, the quintessential feminine side of Margaux is represented by Prieure-Lichine-s 2011. Floral, raspberry, black cherry and currant notes intermixed with spice box are present in this deep ruby/purple-colored effort. The richness builds incrementally and becomes more impressive than it initially seems. A well-made, supple-textured, delicious 2011, it is an undeniable success for the vintage. Enjoy it over the next 15+ years

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014

The Prieure Lichine is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot aged in 50% new oak, picked from 21st and 28th September. It has a slightly aggressive nose at first that takes time to mellow in the glass, offering up black cherries and touches of cassis. The palate is medium-bodied with dry, chalky tannins that lead to a slightly pinched finish. I believe this should harmonize and mellow during its élevage and may merit a higher score. Tasted April 2012.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012

This is a concentrated wine for the vintage, with spice and earth character. Full body, chewy tannins and a long finish. A little rustic now but will deliver so much pleasure. Better in 2016.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2014

The black cherry and sloe on the nose are very firm and as the tannins are very structured there is not a lot of fruit showing on the mid palate. There is a richer feel towards the back but as the tannins are rather aggressive so that there is a lack of real charm

Derek Smedley MW, April 2012

Well-expressed cassis fruit, elegance and charm, a lovely expression of Margaux in quite a forward style. Drink 2015-2022.

Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2012
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This sexy, delicious effort is atypically fat, fleshy and opulent for a 2011. While the acidity is present, it is lower than in many Medocs. The wine displays lots of blue, red and black fruits intertwined with a floral note that provides additional complexity. Front end-loaded with a mid-palate and finish that fill out nicely, this beautifully made wine is a true sleeper of the vintage. Drink it over the next 15+ years.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

Blueberry and spices on the nose. Full to medium body, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. Lacks a tiny bit of a center palate.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012
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