chateau prieure-lichine 4eme cru classe, margaux 2016
WINE SPECTATOR
92
JAMES SUCKLING
93

2016 chateau prieure-lichine 4eme cru classe, margaux

Why We're Buying

Few fourth-growth Bordeaux wine estates are as consistent as Château Prieuré-Lichine. Its red blend comes with clockwork precision, featuring a velvety texture and suppleness due to the high proportion of merlot. Château Prieuré-Lichine should be on any shortlist for investors in search of value.

Critics Scores

WINE SPECTATOR
92

Wine Spectator

A restrained style, with a beam of cherry, cassis, lilac and sandalwood flavors, revealing a good fleshy feel and solid depth throughout. Light perfume and tobacco hints give the finish some added range. No fireworks here, just balance and focus. Best from 2021 through 2032.

JAMES SUCKLING
93

James Suckling

A very suave, polished Margaux that delivers iodine and dark-stone aromas and a wealth of ripe, plush dark fruit that follows through to the palate in attractive, fleshy and juicy mode. Try from 2022.

CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE
90

Connoisseurs' Guide

Although putting a very fine first foot forward with its easy-toget aromas of cherries, raspberries and slightly sweet, dusty soil, but despite initially in step upon entry, this wine grows a bit tight in progression and pulls back from its early flush of fruit. It is not wildly tannic, nor does it suffer from impolite astringency, but its finish stands in contrast to the open accessibility with which it begins and tags it as one that needs a wait of several years before fully blossoming.

DECANTER
94

Decanter

Rich and velvety red in colour with deep violet reflections, the brushed velvet appearance carries over to the texture on the palate. A good lineup of fruit flavours are joined by sweet softness through the mid-palate that widens things out rather than dips, and there's a slow build to the finish. Matured in 50% new oak. 2016 yielded 43hl/ha.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2016 Prieure-Lichine has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and a bold, intensely scented nose of warm blackcurrants, black raspberries and mulberries with hints of cedar chest, tobacco, dried herbs and iron ore. Medium-bodied, the palate has bags of class with lovely, vibrant black berries flavors and earthy sparks framed by ripe grainy tannins, finishing long and refreshing.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
94

Wine Enthusiast

With vineyards in the southern Margaux village of Cantenac, this estate has produced a deliciously juicy wine. The structure follows a straight line between the tannins and the intense fruit and acidity. The wine should age well, ready to drink from 2024.