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Château Prieuré-Lichine Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2000

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Château Smith Haut-lafitte:
HISTORY: The estate is located in a single block on a gravelly rise; 55 of the 72 hectares are planted with vines. The soil, consisting of gravel dating from the Gunz (or Nebraskan glacial) period, has two unique features. The first is superb natural drainage which forces the vine roots to sink more than six metres into the soil to seek nourishment in the form of water and mineral salts. The se... Read more
HISTORY: The estate is located in a single block on a gravelly rise; 55 of the 72 hectares are planted with vines. The soil, consisting of gravel dating from the Gunz (or Nebraskan glacial) period, has two unique features. The first is superb natural drainage which forces the vine roots to sink more than six metres into the soil to seek nourishment in the form of water and mineral salts. The second is the "mirror effect", of the topsoil, whose pebbles reflect the sun's rays, helping the grapes to ripen beautifully. The noble Bosq family started growing grapes here as early as 1365. The property was purchased in the 18th century by Scotsman George Smith, who gave the estate its present name. He also built the manor house and exported his – by now famous – wine to England on his own ships. Monsieur Duffour-Dubergier, Mayor of Bordeaux and an enthusiastic winegrower, inherited Château Smith Haut Lafitte from his mother in 1842 and brought the wine up to great growth status. Impressed by Smith Haut Lafitte's excellent quality, the Louis Eschenauer company distributed the wine all over the world as of the early 20th century, deciding to buy the estate in 1958. Since the Eschenaueur period came to an end, a great deal of money has been invested in the estate, notably in the construction of a superb underground cellar holding over 2,000 barrels. In 1990, Daniel Cathiard fell in love with the property and joined the list of prestigious owners, firmly intending to further enhance Smith Haut Lafitte's tradition of excellence. He combined the most modern winemaking techniques and age-old traditional methods: organic compost, return to small wooden vats, ageing on the lees in barrel, etc. Famous around the world for its wonderfully elegant red wine and the sophisticated bouquet of its white, Smith Haut Lafitte undoubtedly deserves the special care that is lavished on it. OWNERS: Daniel Cathiard is perhaps best known as a former ski champion – he was a member of the French Olympic team with Jean-Claude Killy from 1965 to 1968. After his father's death in 1970, Daniel found himself running the family's small supermarket chain. Within 20 years, he had transformed it into the tenth largest mass distribution company in France. At the same time, he launched and developed a chain of sporting goods shops - Go Sport - in France, Belgium, Spain, and California. His met his wife Florence while on the ski team in 1965. She worked with him managing Genty and Go Sport for ten years before launching her own advertising firm, later becoming Vice President of McCann Europe in 1985. In 1990, Daniel and Florence sold all their business interests to buy Château Smith Haut Lafitte. After two years of massive renovations of both the winery buildings and the 18th century manor house, they moved into the château. They live there all year round in order to devote themselves to their life's work – making great red and white wines at Smith Haut Lafitte. Read less

Member Reviews for Château Prieuré-Lichine Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux

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Snooth User: Philip James
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4.00 5
12/23/2008

Barnyard on the nose and starts out that way, its medium bodied and has notes of black cherry. There's some very well integrated tannins and its got a nice finish with some secondary aromas: saddle leather and cigar box.


Snooth User: Melaney
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4.50 5
06/01/2008

Smack-your-lips good! We enjoyed it so much we decided to skip the appetizers and just savor the wine. Not too heavy, not too light. Just a great balance of flavors ranging from fruit to cocoa. Want more!


External Reviews for Château Prieuré-Lichine Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux

External Review
05/12/2012

(under the direction of microbullage-meister Stephane Derenoncourt, this has been racked only once) Medium ruby. Ripe aromas of red berries, coffee, spicy oak and game, with a suggestion of almost exotic merlot. Spicy red fruit, coffee and oak flavor... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2000 Prieure-Lichine 6000ml


External Review
07/06/2012

A solid young red, with big, velvety tannins and lots of ripe fruit, tobacco and chocolate character. Long, fresh finish. One of the best Prieuré-Lichine in a long, long time. Best after 2007. 18,000 cases made. -JS Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2000 Prieure-Lichine 6000ml


External Review
05/18/2011

One can t say enough about this winery, which may still fly under the radar of most consumers. The fully mature 2000 displays gorgeous aromas of camphor, lead pencil shavings, unsmoked tobacco, plums, and black currants. With full body, a velvety texture, and beautiful weight, richness, and length, this superb wine should evolve, possibly improve for another 15 years. It s a beauty!


External Review
01/16/2009

A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2000 Smith-Haut-Lafitte (Kosher) 750ml


External Review
11/14/2013

A solid young red with big velvety tannins and lots of ripe fruit tobacco and chocolate character. Long fresh finish. One of the best Prieuri-Lichine in a long long time. Best after 2007. 18 000 cases made. -JS Wine Spectator.



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Dietary Information: Kosher

Closure: Cork

Notes: 65% new oak barrels


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