The 2016 Prieuré-Lichine is all class. Floral, silky and nuanced to the core, the 2016 is a wine of pure and total seduction. Freshly cut flowers, vibrant red fruit and creamy tannins all add to the wine's undeniable allure. In 2016, Prieuré-Lichine is all class, not to mention one of the sleepers of the vintage. Don't miss it! Tasted two times. Drink 2022-2041.
|Score: 96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019|
This beautiful Margaux might not exceed the 2015 but it is undeniably doing a good job of keeping up. It combines elegance and richness, with extremely well extracted deep fruits and plenty of layers of finesse in the form of charcoal, slate, grilled almonds and cloves. An excellent Prieuré with good ageing potential.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2050
|Score: 95||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|
The 2016 Prieuré-Lichine has an open bouquet of black fruit infused with violet petals and iris. The palate is sweet on the entry, offering blackberry, raspberry, cedar and tobacco notes, and quite harmonious in the mouth. Probably one of the most approachable Margaux wines this vintage. Fine. Drink 2020-2036.
|Score: 91||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
The 2016 Prieure-Lichine took a little encouragement from the glass, eventually revealing blackberry, blueberry and violet aromas, just a touch of earthiness in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin cloaked in plenty of succulent black fruit tinged with graphite and smoke. I admire the linearity of this classic Margaux, quite persistent in the mouth with satisfying freshness from start to finish. I am sure this will reside at the top of my banded score once in bottle. Drink 2020-2035.
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
A very suave, polished Margaux that delivers iodine and dark-stone aromas and a wealth of ripe, plush dark fruit that follows through to the palate in attractive, fleshy and juicy mode. Try from 2022.
|Score: 93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019|
Layered and rich with plenty of ripe fruit and ripe tannins. Full body, round and chewy tannins and a citrusy finish. Excellent like the 2015.
|Score: 93/94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
The 2016 Prieuré-Lichine is one of the most beautiful and expressive wines of the year. Dark, sensual and inviting, it possesses remarkable depth and textural richness. All the elements are in the right place. Silky tannins, bright red fruit and soaring, lifted aromatics all contribute to the wine's sensual personality. Consulting winemakers Stéphane Derenoncourt and Julien Lavenu are doing absolutely brilliant work here. The new winery, inaugurated with the 2015 harvest, is giving the team the flexibility to pick and vinify smaller lots, which is one of the reasons quality has improved in recent vintages. The blend is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Tasted two times.
|Score: 93/96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Tasted blind. Racy, pacy, chalky finish. Refreshing. Dry and drying on the end. Short of fruit.
Drink 2024 – 2035
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2020|
Rather a sumptuous alluring nose. Mild and sweet on the palate without great drive, but inoffensive certainly. No great length.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
Stephane Derenoncourt consults at this 85 hectare Margaux property. The vineyard is planted 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Deep colour with spicy fruit on the nose. The palate is rich and spicy with plenty of toasty oak but balancing blossom character to the fruit on the nose. A well balanced, silky and approachable wine this vintage.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
The medium ruby-colored 2016 Château Prieuré-Lichine is a touch lean and firm, yet has impressive notes of spring flowers, damp underbrush, and loads of minerality. Possessing both red and black fruit, present tannins, and good balance, it’s a solid, enjoyable effort that would be even better with a touch more flesh.
|Score: 88||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019|
The nose has fragrance fresh black fruits but the palate has sweet fruit ripe cherry, cassis and plum the mid sweetness balanced by the underlying freshness. The fruit at the back is concentrated rich fruits the finish has more of a spicy freshness. 2024-36
|Score: 88/90||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
|Score: 88||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|