Château Le Prieuré 2023

Château Le Prieuré 2023

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85% Merlot; 15% Cabernet Franc. 

Château Le Prieuré is a charming wine estate nestled in the Saint-Émilion appellation of Bordeaux, France. Covering 6.24 hectares of vineyards, it is renowned for producing exquisite wines that showcase the elegance and complexity characteristic of the region. With a rich history and a dedication to both traditional and modern winemaking techniques, Le Prieuré crafts wines that beautifully reflect the unique terroir of Saint-Émilion, making it a cherished name among wine enthusiasts.

Georgina Hindle - Decanter: 93/100
Spring bouquet and red berry aromatics leap from the glass, introducing a bright attack on the palate, which reflects tangy raspberry as well as brightness, nuanced depth and freshness: a success from St-Emilion this vintage, although the tannins are a bit tight overall. Planted on clay and limestone soils, the vineyard includes Merlots that average 33 years of age, and that reveal a certain wet stone minerality on the mid palate. Managed by the team of Château Calon Ségur, where it was tasted. Conservative score as the 30% new oak ageing (18 months) should soften the tannins and broaden the palate.

William Kelley - Wine Advocate: 92-93/100

The 2023 Le Prieuré is the first vintage from this estate to incorporate newly acquired parcels in Villemaurine, lending the wine some additional mid-palate amplitude. Offering up aromas of dark berries, cherries, bay leaf and incense, it's medium-bodied, lively and textural, with a bright spine of acidity that reflects its limestone origins.

Antonio Galloni - Vinous: 92-95/100
The 2023 Le Prieuré is a model of classicism and refinement. Dark, sensual and inviting, Le Prieuré is one of the most refined wines in Saint-Émilion. In recent vintages, it has always been a wine of tension. This iteration includes parcels from the neighbouring châteaux, where there is a bit more clay. Consequently, the 2023 has a bit more mid-palate texture than most years, yet it retains its vibrant, saline intensity. I loved it.

Neil Martin - Vinous: 91-93/100
It has much more fruit concentration than its stablemate, Vray Croix de Gay: black plum mixed with Provençal herbs and a light ferrous tincture. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins and a keen line of acidity, remaining fresh and vibrant as it gently fans out toward the composed and satisfying finish. I really like this—a fine Saint-Émilion from winemaker Vincent Millet.