Tobacco and black cherry on the nose
Tight core of fruit, with balanced composition
Elegant finish, with dusty, earthy qualities
In my experience, this is classic Margaux. With a balanced composition and a very classy, elegant structure, this wines exudes confidence. There's a harmony and balance, with nothing overpowering or out of sync.
While a slightly lighter, dryer style than say, a Napa Valley Cab, this wine shows a number of nice layers. It's the second label of Chateau Prieure-Lichine, and fairly well priced at around $22. Believe it or not, I bought two bottles at $14 each- a steal for sure. When I went back for more two weeks later, the wine was priced at $24. Interesting!
Buy it even at $24 to get an introductory lesson in what a great Margaux- like Chateau Margaux- produces for 30 times the price in a year like 2003. I'm not saying this is on par with that, rather just an introduction to that style of strength and elegance for pennies on the dollar. Raise a glass!