Chateau Prieurie Lichine 2014, Margaux 4th

You can't go wrong with this 21014 4th Growth classic Margaux with the high-cost performance. Rose. Ripe fruit, blackberry, spices, coffee, tobacco, earthy, lead-pencil-not too complicated but easy to understand. The palate is structured and balance; silky on the entrance, but there is a Cantenac toughness behind which is softened by the richness and palate diversity from soil(70 Ha) and grapes(4 noble grapes with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot ) though. 2014 is fresh and comfortable, with a medium finish. It drinks fine now. Consistent scoring: RP92, JS93, AG94, WE93. The most recent and detailed tasting notes is from AG who writes,' The 2014 Prieuré-Lichine is just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel. Silky, perfumed and gracious on the palate, the wine exudes class. Sweet floral and spice notes meld into a core of red stone fruit, and silky tannins and vivid flavors lead into a creamy and inviting finish. I would prefer to cellar 2014 for at least a few years, but it is quite beautiful and polished even at this early stage.The blend is 65 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 % Merlot and 5 % Petit Verdot. This is a very strong showing from Prieuré-Lichine and consulting winemakers Stéphane Derenoncourt and Julien Lavenu.

Etienne Charrier is the new technical director; Stephane Derenoncourt, the consultant. Grapes are sorted by the revolutionary "La Vision" computerised system after harvesting at a meagre yield. Elevage in 50% new oak. Very modern equipment.