Chateau Prieure-Lichine 2010
Just in time for fall and holiday enjoyment, and at a price not much changed since its release en primeur over a decade ago, this is a great opportunity to get a classic Bordeaux at a very reasonable price! I remember tasting this in the spring of 2011 and once again it’s great to see my early impressions pan out! It easily outperformed its peers, showing more depth and richness of fruit than others in its price range, and hung right in with much pricier Rauzan-Segla ($150-$200 now).
Thus has been perfectly stored all this time at the Chateau, arriving last spring in temperature controlled containers, in pristine condition from winery to your table.
Tasting it over the weekend revealed a perfect expression of Margaux in a top notch vintage. Lovely cassis and dark fruit aromas lead off, with a subtle, balanced hint of well integrated oak, and pretty floral top notes. On the palate it is silky, complex, supple and at the front end of its prime drinking window. Earth and gravel undertones support beautiful layered dark fruit, soft tannins and a beautiful long finish. Absolutely perfect with last night’s Sunday dinner of roasted bone-in pork loin, but it would be every bit as delicious with a tenderloin of beef, classic Thanksgiving dinner, game birds, roasted chicken, veal or duck breast. In stock now, more arriving later this week. Cheers! Chris
Made from 30+ year old vines planted in Günz-era Garonne gravel, it is a blend of the best parcels and barrels of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, AND 5% Petit Verdot. It was aged in 50 % new barrels and 50 % one year old barrels.
94 Points, James Suckling – “Black truffle and dark berries. Full body, round and fresh tannins and fresh acidity give this lift and intensity. Drink or hold.” January 2018. “Wow. This shows a wonderful core of intense, ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Loads of berry, chocolate and toasted oak. It’s a joy to taste young.” January 2011