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Chateau Prieure Lichine Margaux Fourth Growth, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Prieure Lichine started out as a priory for Benedictine monks. These monks produced Bordeaux wine for dinner and religious ceremonies, Like many estates during the French Revolution, Prieure Lichine was seized, split up and sold. In 1789 parts of Prieure Lichine were bought by numerous surrounding Châteaux in the Margaux appellation. Since that time, Chateau Prieure Lichine has sold wine under several different names including La Prieuré and Prieuré-Cantenac.

By the time the noted author and merchant Alexis Lichine arrived in the Medoc to buy Chateau Prieure, it was down to only 11 hectares. Everything about Chateau Prieure-Lichine was in bad condition. Chateau Prieure-Lichine sold for a song. Rumors are, the estate was bought for the ridiculous sum of 8,000 British Pounds! In 1951, Alexis Lichine put together a group to purchase the chateau along with several other chateaux in Margaux at the time, including Chateau Lascombes. After the estate was purchased, it was renamed Prieure Lichine, to honor the previous owner, Prieure and the new owner, Alexis Lichine. Alexis Lichine was in many ways a visionary for Bordeaux. At the time he purchased the estate, tourists were rare in Bordeaux. When Alexis Lichine placed a large, showy sign on the D2, the main highway through Bordeaux letting people know they were open for tastings, visits and to sell wine, other estates were not happy, as they considered it not in the traditions of Bordeaux to advertise. He was clearly ahead of his time.

In 1953, thanks to the aid of Count Lur Saluce from Château d’Yquem, Chateau Prieure Lichine was back on track. By the 1970s Chateau Prieure Lichine was expanded to 58 hectares of vines in their Margaux vineyards. Because the additional vines were purchased here and there, the vineyards are spread throughout the Margaux appellation. After Alexis Lichine’s death in 1989, Chateau Prieure Lichine was managed by his son Sacha for several years. Michel Rolland acted as the consultant until the estate was sold in 1999 to Groupe Ballande for close to 20,000,000 British pounds. Chateau Prieure Lichine currently employs Stephane Derenoncourt as their consulting oenologist.

In October, 2013, Prieure Lichine increased the size of their vineyards by 7.5 hectares with the purchase of the little known estate of Pontet Chappaz. In late 2013, Chateau Prieure Lichine finished a complete renovation and modernization of their cellars and wine making facilities giving them the ability to vinify wine on a parcel by parcel basis.

The 77.5 hectare, Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Prieure Lichine has 70 hectares under vine. The vineyard is planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The terroir varies, but most of it comes from gravel, sand and clay based soils in the Cantenac sector of Margaux. On average, the vines are close to 30 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 8,500 vines per hectare. They practice sustainable farming techniques in their vineyard management program.

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To produce the wine of Chateau Prieure Lichine, their new cellars now allow for parcel by parcel vinification. Fermentation takes place in 34 tulip shaped, concrete tanks that range in size from 80 hectoliters to 120 hectoliters. Each of the vats are double skinned. The fruit is whole berry fermented. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine of Chateau Prieure Lichine is aged for up to 16 months in 55% to 65% new, French oak barrels.

There is a second wine, previously known as de Clairefont, which made its debut in 1972. Today, the second wine of Prieure Lichine is sold under the name of Confidences de Prieure. Like a few other estates in the Medoc, they also make a small amount of dry, white Bordeaux wine that is sold under the name of Le Blanc de Prieure Lichine. The wine made its debut in 1990 is produced from a blend dominated by Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The grapes come from a 1.5 hectare parcel of vines. The white wine Prieure Lichine is sold as a Bordeaux Blanc. On average, close to 20,000 cases of Chateau Prieure Lichine are produced each year. The estate also owns vines in the Haut-Medoc appellation where they produce Le Clocher du Prieure.

Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Prieuré-Lichine

    1. Soft and polished, this medium-bodied charmer shows a core of sweet cherry, oak, licorice and earth, while its red berry personality renders it ready to drink on the early side of life. 89-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château Prieuré-Lichine

    1. Medium bodied, forward, correct, soft textured wine, without faults, but once past the floral, earthy, smoky black cherry nose, the wine is slightly less exiting and concentrated than it should be.

      89 points - Tasted
    2. Showing polished tannins with ample plum, vanilla and black cherry notes that ends with an elegant, fresh finish. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château Prieuré-Lichine

    1. Earthy and spicy, with licorice, black cherries and espresso in the nose, this forward, open, medium bodied wine ends with soft textures and dark red berries.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. Blending 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine is deep ruby in color; smoke, coffee, flint and blackberry notes are easy to find. Aged in 50% new oak, this Stephane Derenoncout-consulted wine is rich, round and supple, finishing with ripe, sweet black cherry jam and espresso bean. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château Prieuré-Lichine

    1. Soft, round, ripe and filled with black and dark red berries, licorice and earth, the wine ends with fresh, plums, spice and blackberry. The final blend turned out to be 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.

      91 points - Tasted
    2. Prieure-Lichine From a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, the perfume offers aromas of cassis, earth, flowers and spice. Full bodied with soft tannins, the rich cassis, feminine wine ends with an elegant finish. 91-94 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château Prieuré-Lichine

    1. Black licorice, truffle, fresh brewed espresso, floral, blackberry and plum scents open up the wine. With silky tannins and soft round textures, the wine ends with a rich, long, fresh, pure wave of ripe, dark fruits.

      93 points - Tasted
    2. 2009 Prieure Lichine offers floral, licorice, cassis, and plum aromas. Rich, ripe, and full bodied, the wine ends with cassis, plum, and dark berry flavors. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château Prieuré-Lichine

    1. The supple texture is the best part of this licorice, black raspberry, cherry, coffee and floral scented wine. Medium bodied and forward, this will drink well on the young side.

      91 points - Tasted
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  7. 2005 Château Prieuré-Lichine

    1. It's always nice to be surprised to taste a wine and discover it's showing better than you remember it. With a nose filled with fennel, spice, cassis, blackberries, flowers, earth and hints of tobacco, this ripe, plush style of Margaux wine needs another 3-5 years before it truly begins showing its ample charms.

      93 points - Tasted
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  8. 2003 Château Prieuré-Lichine

    1. Already showing most, if not all its charms, with a tobacco, earth, plum, black raspberry, vanilla and black cherry jammy nose, the wine is medium bodied with soft, round, textures. This is not for long term aging. While there is no hurry to drink it, I'd finish any bottles by the time it hits between 18 and 20.

      90 points - Tasted
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  9. 2000 Château Prieuré-Lichine

    1. This is ready, willing and able to serve up a nice dose of black cherries, tobacco, cigar box and earthy notes. The texture is soft, smooth and round, the finish could be longer, but this elegant wine is in the perfect, sweet spot for drinking.

      90 points - Tasted
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