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Château Prieuré-Lichine 2014

Bordeaux - Margaux - 4ème Grand Cru Classé - Château Prieuré-Lichine

4th Grand Cru Classé in 1855

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Stored in air-conditioned cellar
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Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon 65%
Merlot 30%
Petit Verdot 5%
Château Prieuré-Lichine

Château Prieuré-Lichine

Le Château Prieuré-Lichine is a discreet building in the heart of the Margaux appellation, whose wines reflect the grandeur of the sublime terroir. Domaine was founded in the 12th century by the monks of Vertheuil Abbey, and was then known as Prieuré de Cantenac.

Le Château Prieuré-Lichine became a Fourth Grand Cru Classé in the famous 1855 classification at the Paris World's Fair. 

In 1951, Alexis LicHine, a Russian-American wine merchant nicknamed the "Pope of Wine", acquired it and added his name to it two years later. With patience and persistence, he endowed Domaine with new terroirs and modernized its facilities, taking it to the top. Today it belongs to the Ballande group, boasts a new vat room enabling bespoke vinifications that reveal the Extraordinary potential of its terroir.

The vineyard covers a surface area of 78 hectares, planted with 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, destined for the production of the grand vin and Second vin, Confidences de Prieuré-LicHine. The wines are aged for 14 to 16 months in oak barrels, 40% of which are new.

For the past few years, 2.2 hectares have been dedicated to the production of the Blanc du Château Prieuré-Lichine, planted with 70% Sauvignon blanc and 30% Sémillon.

The Château Prieuré-Lichine offers wines renowned for their precision, gourmandise and finesse.

Critics Château Prieuré-Lichine 2014.

Robert Parker
James Suckling
Wine Spectator
Jancis Robinson
Vinous - A. Galloni

Description Château Prieuré-Lichine 2014.

2014 was a beautiful wine year in Bordeaux, marked by contrasting weather conditions. The flowering of the vines was homogeneous thanks to a sunny spring, then the summer alternated between a beautiful July and a cooler August. September and October were very nice and had warm and sunny days, offering berries of a very good quality.

Blend of the 2014 vintage: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot.

The dress is a very beautiful deep red color, dressed with tiled reflections.

The nose reveals a very nice freshness with a bouquet combining black fruits, kirsch cherry, peppery spices and licorice. We also perceive a floral touch of faded rose.

The attack is precise, revealing an ample and consistent wine supported by silky tannins. Evolving in aromatic depth, with greedy notes of ripe fruits and a beautiful acidity, it melts in delicacy on a long finish with roasted notes.

Food and wine pairing:

Chateau Prieuré-Lichine 2014 would be a wonderful accompaniment to beef tenderloin with Chimichurri sauce, grilled leg of lamb, dove salmis, or duck filet and smoked celery.

For a pairing with cheese, choose pressed and uncooked cheeses: cantal, old mimolette, morbier, saint-nectaire and tomme de Savoie.

For dessert, enjoy it with a tiramisu, a Grand Cru chocolate tartlet or an Opera cake.

Cellaring potential and tasting:

Château Prieuré-Lichine 2014 can wait another 5-6 years in the cellar to refine its potential, reaching its peak between 2028 and 2030.

However, it lends itself perfectly to tasting right now. To do so, take care to place the bottle the night before in the serving room at room temperature. Open it and decant it at least 3 to 4 hours before tasting.

The bottles will be kept in the cellar protected from the light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.