Château Prieuré-Lichine is an estate in the Margaux appellation of Bordeaux, ranked as a Fourth Growth in the official Bordeaux Classification of 1855. It is regarded as one of Margaux’s most consistent producers and is known for its elegance and suppleness, derived in part from the relatively high proportion of Merlot in the blend.
The estate is located in Cantenac (on an official, administrative, level Cantenac is now combined with Margaux), near to the châteaux of Kirwan and Boyd-Cantenac. There are 70 hectares (173 acres) of vineyards in numerous parcels within the Margaux appellation, of which around 40 hectares (100 acres) contribute to the grand vin.
Vineyard plantings are 50 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 45 percent Merlot, and 5 percent Petit Verdot.
The nose is powerful and fruity. It reveals notes of wild blackberry and wild strawberry associated with small touches of Cuben pepper, nutmeg, spices as well as hints of liquorice and a very discreet hint of vanilla (in the background). The palate is fruity, juicy, well-balanced and offers tension, a good definition, a beautiful fat, a silky material, power, a small aerial side as well as an acidulous frame. On the palate this wine expresses notes of fleshy blackberry, crushed cassus and small touches of chocolate, toasted, sweet spices associated with discreet hints of caramelization, coffee, juicy/fresh blueberry (in the background) as well as an imperceptible hint of coffee and toasted/grilled oak (in the background). Tannins are fine and structured.