Château Prieuré-Lichine

Château Prieuré-Lichine, a large 4ème Cru Classé Margaux estate, is one of the most fragmented in the Médoc with as many as 40 separate parcels of vines scattered throughout the Margaux appellation. It has a total of 68 hectares of vineyards.


History of the Estate:

The origins of the château trace back to the 12th century when the domain was a Benedictine priory, from which it derives its name. Over the centuries, it changes hands, each owner contributing to its development and renown. However, it is in the 19th century, under the direction of the renowned Bordeaux merchant Alexis Lichine, that the estate gains worldwide recognition. Alexis Lichine brings his expertise and know-how to the vineyard, modernizing the facilities and elevating the quality of the wines produced. In 2012, the estate acquired 34 new temperature-controlled concrete vats ranging from 80 to 120 hectolitres.


The Terroir of Prieuré-Lichine:

Château Prieuré-Lichine now has 77.5 hectares of vines, spread across the entire Margaux appellation. The vines, planted with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, are all hand-picked.


The Château benefits from an exceptional terroir, characteristic of the Margaux appellation. It is located on slopes of Garonne gravel with poor and well-drained soils, ideal for vine cultivation. The south-southwest exposure of the plots allows for optimal grape ripening, while the temperate oceanic climate influences the freshness and elegance of the wines.



The Wines:

The red wines are characterized by their depth and aromatic complexity, with notes of black fruits, spices, and cedar, supported by silky tannins and beautiful freshness. Matured for 16 to 18 months in oak barrels, they offer exceptional aging potential, gracefully unfolding with elegance over the years. The estate’s great wine can be kept for 20 to 30 years.

Also, Prieuré-Lichine’s relatively high Merlot content gives the wine suppleness and elegance with the wines from the best years possessing a beautifully perfumed nose with a firm structure and good depth of fruit on the palate.