2012 Chateau Prieure-Lichine

Year: 2012
Appellation: Margaux
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 91--Jeff Leve: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :

"Offers a plush mouthfeel, with substantial yet velvety tannins carrying the dark plum, blackberry and black cherry notes. Ganache and Black Forest cake hints line the finish, while the fruit pushes through nicely. The combination of dressed-up style and accessibility will win this many fans. Drink now through 2020. 10,833 cases made. –JM " (WS)

"Performing much better from bottle than barrel, this is a super effort from Prieuré Lichine. This inky purple-colored wine displays beautiful floral-infused blueberry and blackberry fruit as well as cassis. It is medium to full-bodied, stunningly pure, gorgeously textured, and quite long and impressive. This is a top success in the vintage, capable of lasting 20 or more years." (WA)

"The 2012 Prieuré-Lichine is soft, open-knit and totally inviting. Sweet floral notes meld into the typical Prieuré Lichine red stone fruits. Already quite expressive and totally delicious, the 2012 should offer readers a long and broad window of pure pleasure. The silky, persistent finish points to a bright future. The 2012 is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Stéphane Derenoncourt and Julien Lavenu are the consulting winemakers." (VM)

"A wine with blackberry, spice and licorice character. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fruity finish. Subtle and fine. Shows class. Lovely tannins. Drink in 2016." (JS)

"Very structured and dark, this is a wine for the long haul. It is concentrated and balanced, still very young and only just hinting at the black fruits that show the rich potential of this wine. Drink from 2020." (WE)

"Medium bodied, forward, correct, soft textured wine, without faults, but once past the floral, earthy, smoky black cherry nose, the wine is slightly less exiting and concentrated than it should be. 89 points - Tasted Mar 11, 2015" (JL)