Alexis Lichine


Alexis Lichine was a Russian-born wine writer and entrepreneur, who made many important contributions to the world of wine. He was born in Moscow in 1913 and following the Bolshevik Revolution, his family settled in Paris. His passion for wine began in France, and in 1935 after the Prohibition, he moved to New York City to work in a wine shop. He took a special interest in promoting French wines. His interests led him to meet importer Frank Schoonmaker, who taught Lichine the ins and outs of tasting and selection. After a stint as a French Army intelligence officer in World War II, Lichine returned to his main passion, and founded Alexis Lichine and Company imports. In 1951, his first book, the Wines of France (later known as Alexis Lichine’s Guide to the Wines and Vineyards of France) was published to great acclaim. 

In the same year, he purchased Château Prieure-Cantenac, which, although it had been classified as a Third Growth Bordeaux, had fallen into shambles. He was allowed to Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cinsault

    History of the grape: Cinsau(l)t has been growing in Southern France for centuries. In the Rhone and Languedoc region...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Colombard

    History of the grape: Colombard is believed to be a crossing of Gouais Blanc and Chenin Blanc, although horticultural...

Alexis Lichine on Snooth

  • I refreshed my memory on Lichine, after it had gathered cobwebs for a couple of ... J. Prial asserted that "Alexis Lichine, the Russian-American who loved France but hated the French, taught his adopted country to drink wine". The wine world was a smaller one back then, but it's fairly clear he had more impact on it than Parker has over the pas... Read More

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  • I went through a few cases of their wine from the late '70s through the ... ... of Bordaux reds.I met Alexis LIchine, the guy who supposedly renovated Lascombes in the '50s and '60s using David Rockefeller's money, but wasn't greatly impressed with what he claimed to have done to revamp and reclaim the winery and its reputation, as judged by ... Read More

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  • just tried Alexis Lichine 2013 in Tahiti on vacation and loved it. Now I am searching for more of the Bordeaux's.

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  • Alexis Lichine 2007

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    Served in economy on Delta flight from Paris October 2015 and it was good even in a plastic cup -- excellent table wine Read More

    Wine review by jack53


  • yes, very admirable and respectful.

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  • i keep your book wines and vineyards of france out. i love it. i wish i could work at a vineyard or wine company. leslie 803 306-2381/ wine and food conoissuer.

    Comment by 1897016Snoother 1897016 1897016 Snoother 1897016


  • Lovely Wines! I am a follower. Tried 'repeatedly' the Merlot & Sauvignon Blanc and loved both! Thanks!

    Comment by 1462427Constantine 1958 1462427 Constantine 1958


  • Alexis Lichine Grenache Merlot Pays DOC

    Snoothrank:

    I experienced this on a Swiss Air flight recently, and was amazed that an airline would have such a high-quality wine. I am used to the crap served on American companies, so this was a grand surprise! Very smoothe, just the right balance between dry and sweet, and it tastes like the vintners have honed it to perfection, or close to it... Read More

    Wine review by MallardMarsh


  • Alexis Lichine Merlot Vin de Pays d'Oc 1993

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    No written review

    Wine review by karthik007


  • So what websites are people using to buy wine online?I have been introduced to Cinderellawine.com and wine.woot.com lately.What are your favorites?Is there a great site for domestic reds? Read More

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  • Alexis Lichine Bordeaux Contrôlée 2006

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    Tugev tummine järelmaitse, kuid võib-olla veidi liiga ühtlane. Read More

    Wine review by meelik


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