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Chateau Prieure Lichine


Chateau Prieure-Lichine

Appellation Margaux Controlée

Location: Adjacent to Chateau Brane Cantenac and Chateau Palmer, north of the village of Cantenac near the town of Margaux.

Classification: 4th Growth

Second label: Ch. Clairefont (Same basic qualities but with somewhat less intensity and aging potential. Made from younger vines or from wines not selected for the primary wine.)

Grape varieties: Planted with 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. About 170 acres, producing approximately 25,000 cases per year.

Vinification and aging: Fermented in concrete and stainless steel vats, and after rigorous selection, aged for 18 to 24 months in oak barrels, half of which are replaced every year.

History: Originally part of the vineyards of the Benedictine Priory on Cantenac, and in fact, the chais at Prieure still contain part of its original structure dating from the 16th century. Ownership changed several times after the Revolution until the estate was bought in 1951 by the late wine authority, Alexis Lichine. From that time, M. Lichine expanded the vineyards and completely renovated the chais and the chateau itself. The estate was owned by Alexis' son, Sacha until June of 1999 when it was sold to the Ballande company.

Style: Rather firm and meaty for a Margaux, yet never excessively tannic. supple with attractive fruit and medium body, it can age for 8-15 years.

Food: Excellent with roasts, beef, lamb, duck and other meats.