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Wine of the Week: Chateau Prierre – Lichine Margaux – 2015 -$48

Dwight Casimere | 1/31/2018, 1:44 p.m.
The Union Des Grand Crus De Bordeaux presented a spectacular collection of wines from this French capital of winemaking during ...
The Union Des Grand Crus De Bordeaux presented a spectacular collection of wines from this French capital of wine-making during a national tour that included Chicago, New York, Denver and San Francisco. Photo by Dwight Casimere

The Union Des Grand Crus De Bordeaux presented a spectacular collection of wines from this French capital of winemaking during a national tour that included Chicago, New York, Denver and San Francisco. Representatives from

the region's 133 chateaux were on hand to personally pour their unique

wines, all of which represent their expertise and passion as winemakers.

The 2015 vintage Bordeaux wines are exceptional for their vibrancy and

complexity. All of the famous appellations were represented:

Pessac-Leognan, Graves, Saint-million, Pomerol, Listrac-Medoc,

Moulis-En-Medoc, Haut-Medoc, Medoc, Margaux, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, Saint-Estephe and the golden sweet wines of Sauternes Ou-Barsac.

The magnificent Grand Ballroom of the historic Drake Hotel on Chicago's

Gold Coast, with its magnificent lakeside views, was the setting for the

Grand Tasting.

Among the outstanding wines was this week's wine of the

week, Chateau Prierre-Lichine Margaux-2015 ($48), presented by winemaker

and owner Lise Latrille. At just under $50, this wine is priced in the

comfortable mid-range of this year's Bordeaux selection and is an outstanding value, with deep character and excellent craftsmanship.

The winery itself has an illustrious history. Founded by monks in the 12th

century, the vineyards were known for producing great wines from the very

beginning. After the French Revolution, the winery passed into civilian

hands. It was in 1951 that "the Pope of Wine," Alexi Lechine, took over the

winery and added his name. For nearly half a century, the Lechine family

left its mark on the winery with extensive improvements and refinements in

vilification. Now owned by the Baqllande group, the chateau has entered a

dynamic new phase of its history with additional vineyards and a new

cellar.

The winemaking team is devoted to expressing the full diversity of

the winery's varied terroir. This wine is an excellent representative of

that diversity. It is a virtual taste of the Margaux in a glass.