2016 Bordeaux: Prieuré-Lichine, Potensac, Moulin Saint Georges & Fonbel

by Beth Thomas


2016 CHÂTEAU PRIEURÉ LICHINE 4ème Cru Classé Margaux






This morning brings the release of CHÂTEAU PRIEURÉ LICHINE at £175 per 6. This wine has received some high acclaim from the critics, with 95 points from Jane Anson in Decanter, and 18/20 from Michel Bettane. The Neal Martin note in the Wine Advocate was slightly less effusive, but nevertheless a good note (90-92) and he finishes with the observation “I am sure this will reside at the top of my banded score once in bottle.”

Antonio Galloni, normally quite a conservative scorer, writes that it is “one of the most beautiful and expressive wines of the year”, giving a score of 93-96. At this price this looks a solid buy.

Among the other releases today is CHÂTEAU POTENSAC at £210 per 12. This price falls bang in the middle of our estimate and as such we think it represents pretty good value for money. With juicy fruit, good structure, and 90-92 from Neal Martin and a ‘GV’ (good value) note from Jancis Robinson, it looks a perfectly sensible buy.

There are three good value wines from Saint Emilion also out today, CHÂTEAU FOMBRAUGE at £200 per 12, CHÂTEAU FONBEL at £155 per 12 and a long-term favourite of ours CHÂTEAU MOULIN SAINT GEORGES   from the Ausone stable at £275, all worth taking note of, and one of the very best of Sauternes in the vintage: 2016 CHÂTEAU SUDUIRAUT of which Neal Martin wrote “What a great Suduiraut in the making here, so full of character and complexity, and yet you still feel as if it has something up its sleeve“, giving it 94-96.

As ever, you can keep up to date with all releases from #Bdx16 on our Recent Releases page.

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