Chateau Prieure Lichine 2006

Deep ruby colour with a tight rim. Still unyielding. A fresh first nose of framboise cherries. red plums. Tones of coffee, blackberry, black truffle, earthy, wood spice in the second. Quite a board spectrum- seems classy. The palate is a rough start, the evening turning sweetish with softer tannins. There seem to be two camps of view: WE and RP like the sweetness and mileage, skew toward the preference of this Prieure Lichine 2006 as a good food wine with power and mid-palate. In the other camp, NM, JS, Gilbert & Gaillard think the wine falls short of elegance on the palate, comparing it to the other finer Margaux Cru. We find certain rigidity within this 2006 beneath the flashy, new wave style, it has the warmth and fullness on the palate.

90 points Robert Parker: "With the highly respected Right Bank consultant Stephane Derenoncourt providing advice, Prieure-Lichine has moved to a complete, savoury, and for lack of a better description, broad, lush, sexy style. This has always been a drinkable wine at an early age, but I think they are building more texture and flesh into the wine and more concentration without losing the estate’s early appeal. 2006 is an outstanding wine, with complex notes of spring flowers, forest floor, sweet black currants, and earth. Medium to full-bodied, flavorful, without a trace of astringency or hardness, this is a succulent, fleshy wine to drink over the next 15 or more years." (02/09) 89 points Wine Spectator: "Blackberry, currant and mineral lead to a medium-to-full body, with ripe tannins and a caressing finish. Balanced and pretty. Best after 2013." Edited 25 July 2022.

93 points Gilbert & Gaillard. Pretty, intense colour. Fruit-driven nose with a discreet touch of wood. Still discreet. Ample attack, delicate texture, a medium strength vintage, enhanced by pleasant vivacity. Must age. Edited 27 July 2022.

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