Chateau Prieure-Lichine, Margaux 2012

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93 Decanter - This is deep, rich and pretty full-on for the vintage. I can see the ambition here, although it's a little austere right now and still needs time. Cassis and bilberry fruits are tightly buttoned down, but there is excellent potential, and it's showing better than the 2011. This was the year when they bought the 8ha Château Pontet Chappaz, providing additional Cabernet Sauvignon from excellent gravelly terroir for the grand vin, and the impact is clear. Last time I tasted these two vintages side by side, I gave them both 91, but the 2012 is really starting to blossom. 50% new oak.

92 James Suckling - A wine with blackberry, spice and licorice character. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fruity finish. Subtle and fine. Shows class. Lovely tannins. Drink in 2016.

91 Wine Enthusiast - Very structured and dark, this is a wine for the long haul. It is concentrated and balanced, still very young and only just hinting at the black fruits that show the rich potential of this wine. Drink from 2020.

91 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Performing much better from bottle than barrel, this is a super effort from Prieuré Lichine. This inky purple-colored wine displays beautiful floral-infused blueberry and blackberry fruit as well as cassis. It is medium to full-bodied, stunningly pure, gorgeously textured, and quite long and impressive. This is a top success in the vintage, capable of lasting 20 or more years.

90 Wine Spectator - Offers a plush mouthfeel, with substantial yet velvety tannins carrying the dark plum, blackberry and black cherry notes. Ganache and Black Forest cake hints line the finish, while the fruit pushes through nicely. The combination of dressed-up style and accessibility will win this many fans.

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