In 1951, Alexis Lichine, called “the Pope of Wine”, took over the estate and added his name two years later.
Thanks to his patient determination, he was able to add new vineyard plots, modernize the cellars, and renovate the monks’ former living quarters.
Château Prieuré-Lichine’s fate was linked to that of the Lichine family for nearly half a century.
Now owned by the Ballande group, the château has entered a dynamic new phase of its history with eight hectares of vines added in 2012, and brand new cellar.
A new approach to managing far-flung vineyard plots has turned this diversity into a decided advantage, enabling Prieuré- Lichine to express the full complexity of its terroir thanks to an experienced and devoted winemaking team
Undeniably the finest Prieure-Lichine in 30-40 years, this textured, rich, medium to full-bodied 2000 boasts a dark ruby/purple color in addition to a knock-out nose of black cherries, cassis, tobacco leaf, cocoa, and toasty oak in the background. The wine is sweet on the attack, full-bodied, and well-textured, with oodles of fruit and glycerin. This is sexy stuff that can be drunk early, but will age gracefully for 15-16 years. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2026. Bravo!
[9o points – Robert M Parker Jr – Apr 2003 – robertparker.com ]