2018 Confidences De Prieure Lichine Margaux 1.50L
2018 Confidences De Prieure Lichine Margaux 1.50L This 2018 has bright gloss deep opaque ruby hue. Typically lifted perfumed nose calls out Margaux – roses violets. Lovely fine tannins with medium mouth feel. There is a lovely blend of concentrated blackberry with a touch of graphite which has a long lingering finish which surprises given the elegance. This intensity & power is complimented & balanced by lovely fresh mouth watering acidity that keeps drawing you back for another sip. Decanted for an hour & opened up over that time especially on the nose.
The Priory of Cantenac was founded during the Roman era by the monks of the Abbey of Vertheuil. Its local, parish wines enjoyed a fine reputation from the very beginning. With the support of Bordeaux’s Pope Clément V in the 13th century, church vineyards flourished. The first recorded mention of the Prieuré growth dates from 1444.
International interest in the wines of the Médoc now began to emerge. While vines were completely taking over lands still devoted to mixed farming, the Bordeaux Intendance (Royal Administration) classified the wines of Prieuré in the category of third growths in the parishes of Margaux and Cantenac.
By now in the hands of Bordeaux négociant Durand Delains, Prieuré was promoted to 4th Classified Growth in the 1855 Imperial Classification. One century later, having had to contend with powdery mildew, downy mildew and phylloxera together with the Great Depression, the growth had shrunk to just a few hectares of vines.
Having bought the estate in 1951, Alexis Lichine renamed the property Château Prieuré-Lichine in 1953. This period was to herald the renaissance of this Margaux estate. A peerless winemaker and a tireless champion of the wines of Bordeaux all over the world, Alexis Lichine, the Pope of Wine, died at Prieuré on June 1st 1989.