Prieure Lichine 2016

Margaux, Fourth Growth

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Tasting Notes

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.

Score: 91

Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2020-2036 01 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.

Score: 90 - 92

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2020-2035 28 April 2017

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.

Score: 96

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2022-2041 01 January 2019

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 25 April 2017

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.

Score: 95

Decanter Maturity: 2027-2050 20 April 2017

Soft summer pudding fruits on the nose. Stacks of ripe fruit in the mouth leading to a very firm dry finish.

Score: 90 - 93

Albany Vintners 19 April 2017

Really lifted, savoury nose. Well mannered. Nothing out of step. Could do with a bit more acidity and drive? A bit too diplomatic on the palate?

Score: 16 - 17

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2036 17 April 2017

This captures the essence of the vintage, with a mix of dark plum and currant flavors, accented by cherry and raspberry fruit, all backed by energetic, brambly tannins and mouthwatering underlying acidity.—J.M.

Score: 91 - 94

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 10 April 2017

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 24 March 2017