Château Prieuré Lichine – 2011- Margaux 4e Grand Cru Classé

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Colour intensity is quite deep, still impenetrable at the core, but it is starting to shed some of that colour towards the rim. More in the direction of ruby-red. Quite delicious nose here. Inviting with very sweet fruity character. Almost with a hint of confiture, combining red berry fruits, such as raspberry with some darker aromas of plum and cassis. There is an elegant toastiness in the background, so fine oak and fine spiciness as well. Some floral hints and also a touch of earth, like black truffle, that I love. Good grip on the palate. It is fairly high concentration. There is a high degree of ripeness here, so really quite opulent fruit. It suggests sweetness, but still it keeps classically dry on the palate, without over ripeness. I love that hint of fine confiture, framboise, dark plum and cassis. Tannins, there are quite a lot of them, but very finely integrated right now. Some notes of bitter chocolate on the palate, with roasted coffee beans. Quite approachable already, quite delicious. I think this one is approaching a first level of maturity. I could easily enjoy this today. Long finish. A fine persistence. Already starting to show its best sides. It should obviously develop a lot more complexity over the coming years. So a fine wine indeed.

Tasted by the Best Sommelier of the World, Andreas Larsson.