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Saturday, September 05, 2009

2005 Château Prieuré-Lichine

Château Prieuré-Lichine is a winery in the Margaux appellation of the Bordeaux region of France. It currently consists of about 70 hectares planted with 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Petit verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc.

After fermenting in concrete and stainless steel vats, the wine is aged for up to 16 months in 55 percent new oak barrels. This wine is also classified as one of ten Quatrièmes Crus (Fourth Growths) in the historic Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.

The color of this wine is quite dark and has a dark red core with vibrant and young ruby red shades towards the edges of the glass.

On the nose I get amazing aromas of violets, dried flowers, black plum, black cherry, chocolate truffle, cedar, and leather. On the palate the wine shows nuances of black cherry, licorice, tar, blackberry, leather, mineral, crushed rocks, meat and jerky, and a touch of pencil lead.

The fruit flavors are very organic in nature and taste like "real fruit" and don't have any candied flavors to them. It's like eating a bowl of fresh black cherries! The finish is very long and extended and nuances of ripe cherry, leather, cedar, and dark chocolate grace the palate for at least a few minutes.

I think it's important to talk about the structure of this wine and the amazing ripeness of the tannins. It's a polished and refined wine that shows the perfect balance of alcohol, acid, and tannin. I love the fact that I can't detect too much of an "oak" influence on this wine and the fruit shows great purity.

This wine is a great testament to an amazing vintage in Bordeaux. I have only tasted a handful of wines from the 05' Bordeaux vintage and all been immaculate so far. What's great about this wine is it's amazing approachability in it's youth and with a little oxygen this wine drinks amazingly and I find it hard to put down my glass. 93+ points

 
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