Prieure Lichine 2020

Margaux, Fourth Growth

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Tasting Notes

The 2020 Prieuré-Lichine opens with very pretty floral and spice overtones. Pliant, silky and nuanced, the 2020 is all charm. The purity of the red/purplish berry fruit is compelling. Readers will find an understated, classy Margaux full of character. I can't wait to taste this from bottle. A bit clenched today, but that should not be an issue with time. The Prieuré-Lichine finishes with notable freshness and savory intensity.

Score: 91 - 94

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2035 - 2050 04 June 2021

The 2020 Prieuré-Lichine was picked at 32hl/ha and matured in 40% new oak. It has quite an intense nose of black plum, blueberry and violet scents, though missing some terroir expression and mineralité. It’s high-toned at the moment, but it needs more bass notes. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chalky tannins and a fine bead of acidity. Very fresh, with fine salinity on the finish. It actually meliorates as it goes on, leaving you wanting more. This has very good potential.

Score: 91 - 93

Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2025 - 2045 28 May 2021

The ruby/purple-hued 2020 Château Prieure-Lichine offers a medium to full-bodied, plush, layered style that carries beautiful red and blue fruits, notes of sandalwood and flowery incense, outstanding overall balance, ripe tannins, and a great finish.

Score: 91 - 93

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com 25 May 2021

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2020 Prieure-Lichine offers up notes of fresh redcurrants, blackcurrant pastilles, boysenberries and dried Provence herbs, plus wafts of tobacco leaf and pencil shavings. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers a great intensity of pure black and red fruit flavors, framed by grainy tannins and a lively backbone, finishing long with a refreshing herbal lift.

Score: 91 - 93

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2024 - 2040 21 May 2021

Plenty of juicy dripping autumnal fruit, cassis and blueberry with a crack of black pepper and a good lick of saline freshness on the finish that makes you want to take another sip. One of the clear successes, intense and concentrated with balanced tannins and acidity, if some bitter almond overtones. A yield of 32hl/ha. 40% new oak. Harvested right through to October 1st.Tasted twice.

Score: 93

Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2027 - 2040 19 May 2021

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 40% new oak. Black core with purplish rim. Fragrant with the intense aromas of cassis and spicy black plum. A little sweeter-smelling than some but also dark and savoury, with subtle oak spice and char. Even a light floral note entwined with all that dark fruit. The oak is a little more obvious on the palate, as much in the smooth but thick tannins as in the flavour. Full in the mouth but nicely dry and fresh on the finish. (JH) 13.5%

Score: 17

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2030-2040 27 April 2021

This is really something with pure blackberry and blueberry character. Chewy yet ultra fine tannins. It goes on and on. Could challenge the great 2016.

Score: 95 - 96

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 16 April 2021