Chateau Le Prieuré was one of several estates bought by Francois Pinault, owner of Chateau Latour, in 2014. After a few years of shared ownership, it moved fully under his control and the management of Frederic Engerer in 2018 - with Pénélope Godefroy in charge of th estate. Quality has, as result, started to soar. The Saint Emilion property measures 6.24 hectares and is planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard was organically certified in 2018. This property has an excellent location, sitting between Trottevieille, Troplong Mondot and Pavie Macquin.
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The 2019 Le Prieuré has an extremely perfumed, floral bouquet with whole bunches of violets bursting from the glass with incense and crushed blueberries. I find it a bit...trop. The palate is medium-bodied with more restraint than the nose: lightly spiced red fruit mixed with sea salt and crushed stone notes, the terroir coming through finally on the finish. It's a decent Saint-Émilion but it needs more focus. 2024 - 2044
The very deep purple-black colored 2019 Le Prieure needs a little coaxing to reveal a gorgeous core of chocolate-covered cherries, plum preserves and black raspberries with hints of woodsmoke, crushed rocks, lavender and cumin seed. The densely packed, full-bodied palate delivers mouth-coating black fruits with a lively line of freshness and firm, ripe, grainy tannins, finishing long and lifted.
The 2019 Le Prieuré is fabulous. Rich and expansive on the palate, with striking depth, the 2019 is a real standout. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, licorice and espresso infuse the 2019 with layers of flavor that unfold with time in the glass. This is an especially sumptuous style, especially for Le Prieuré, which in the recent past has been a more restrained wine. Even so, all the elements are nicely balanced here.
The 2019 is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, and will be aged in 40% new French oak, 50% second fill barrels and 10% third fill barrels. The abv is 14.5%. Less than 1200 cases will be made, with 45% of the production going into the second label, "Delice de Prieure". Deep ruby in colour, with pure bramble fruits on the nose and a subtle, savoury spice. The palate is restrained and savoury, with camphor, fresh red and black berries and finely etched tannins that are ripe and fine-grained. This soft and supple style is harmonious and moreish, with a lingering juicyness on the finish.