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Château Prieuré Lichine Margaux
Bordeaux :: France
Built on a Roman-era ecclesiastical dwelling, Château Prieuré-Lichine provides an historic stop-off at Cantenac in the heart of the Margaux appellation along the Médoc’s château route. Its wine-growing history is one of the oldest in the region. From the very beginning, the Prieuré’s wine was popular with parishioners such as those of Saint-Didier de Cantenac. Successive owners of the Château contributed, over the years, to its growing quality. Promoted to the rank of Grand Cru Classé in 1855, Château Prieuré-Lichine offers its visitors the elegance and finesse mirrored in its wines and the characteristic traits of Margaux, together with the peacefulness of its grounds and the exquisite intimacy of its tasteful country home.
Cabernet Sauvignon 66%, Merlot 29%, Petit Verdot 5%
The careful monitoring and reactivity of the vineyard team ensured that the vines were well protected from the high risk of downy mildew and more particularly this year-powdery mildew. There was a very rainy spell during June, but this had no adverse effect on the flowering process.
July and August were very dry, we then had to wait until 13th September, two whole months, before any comparable amount of rain came.
50% new barrels, 50% second fill barrels.
The vinification went smoothly, giving outstanding depth of colour and reasonable alcoholic degrees. The wine is balanced, dense and elegant with a slightly higher acidity than the 2015 vintage - a very encouraging sign for harmonious ageing.
A compact bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, allspice and light pressed iris scents that are nicely defined.
Medium-bodied with firm tannins cloaked in plenty of succulent black fruit tinged with graphite and smoke.