The 2015 Prieuré-Lichine has an opulent, rounded bouquet, quite flashy and plush, that is enjoyable but missing the typicity of the Margaux appellation. The fresh, clean, medium-bodied palate offers supple tannins, fine acidity, and black pepper and clove toward the finish. Well crafted, but it lacks the brightness of its peers at the moment. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
|Score: 89||Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019|
The 2015 Prieure-Lichine felt a little stubborn on the nose and the fruit was difficult to eke out. It did not quite display the flow of its peers but it may be a case of bottle shock? The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, solid black fruit infused with graphite and plenty of tobacco, while the finish just lacks a little flair. I would have just liked to see more excitement here. Anticipated maturity: 2020 - 2032.
|Score: 89||Neal Martin, -, March 2018|
The 2015 Prieuré-Lichine has a tightly wound bouquet, crisp and a little leaner than some of its Margaux compadres. It just feels contained at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with gruff tannin on the entry. There is respectable depth here, but it feels linear and rather predictable towards the blackberry and cedar finish. I would like to see more complexity and personality come through by the time of bottling. It feels a bit bolshie at the moment. Drink 2019-2032.
|Score: 88/90||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
Some very ripe dark-plum aromas with a wealth of sweet spices and earthy notes. The palate has an impressively rich, suave and smooth core of black fruit with a powerful palate that delivers concentrated and intense structure. This is superb Margaux. Try from 2022.
|Score: 96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
This is really exceptional this year. Full body, very velvety tannins, wet earth, mushroom and currant character. Very stoney. Very long and flavor. Greatest wine in the history of the estate.
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
The 2015 Prieuré-Lichine has really come together over the last two years. Sumptuous, bold and racy, with no hard edges or angular contours, the 2015 is all class. The purity of the flavors is striking. Bright floral and spice notes perk up the red stone fruit nicely in this sensual, silky Margaux. All the elements simply fall into place. This is the first vintage Stéphane Derenoncourt and his team made in the new cellar. In 2015 Prieuré-Lichine, is a total knock-out. Don't miss it. 2025 - 2040
|Score: 95||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018|
The 2015 Prieuré-Lichine is all class. Nuanced, delicate and silky in the glass, the 2015 speaks to the finesse that is such a signature of Margaux. All the elements are in the right place. Sweet red cherry, plum, spice and floral notes mesh together in an effortless, gracious wine with a bright future. This is the first vintage Stephane Derenoncourt and his team made in the new cellar. Tasted two times.
|Score: 91/94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
Tasted blind. Cheesy/mineral nose with masses of ripe fruit that (almost) completely eclipses the tannin. Lots of vigour. Lightish but good.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019|
Purplish crimson. Intense savoury perfume. Not that much sweetness on the palate; some inkines on the end. Dry finish. Far from the most charming but a decent effort. Chewy and solid. Doesn’t seem to have been that much effort at tannin management?
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2017|
A Stéphane Derenoncourt wine. Bright crimson. Particularly refreshing. Well balanced and lively. Very juicy and energetic. Great balance. Lovely persistence.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
Firm and tight on the nose the palate has a mix of fresh black fruits. There is a hint of mid sweetness with bilberry freshness at the back and the finish is lacking in depth and concentration.
|Score: 86/89||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
There is one major fault here and it is the oak which is far too spicy and dry. The fruit is lacking in intensity in the first
place and then the oak compounds the issue. Rather too hard and hollow
|Score: 15+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|