The 2018 is the quintessential expression of great Cabernet Sauvignon vintages. The dry end of season weather brought out all the elegance and breed
of this king grape variety of the Médoc. The 2018 growing season was defined by two very distinct periods: a rainy beginning to the cycle with a high level of fungal disease threat, particularly of downy mildew which was very severe, followed by a period of very dry weather that set in at the beginning of July.
The abundant rain that fell in winter and spring ensured good water reserves for the vines for the whole of the vine cycle.
The first signs of water deficit stress appeared at the end of September and succeeded in concentrating the thick-skinned
berries. This year once again, the work done in the vineyard proved decisive in bringing the grapes of Prieuré-Lichine’s patchwork of vineyard plots to full ripeness. The harvesting was performed without one single break enabling us to pick perfectly healthy grapes in each sector of the vineyard.
Pigeage (punching down the cap of skins), enabling the release of the juices during the fermentation through physical means, was an extra asset in the extraction of ripe, silky tannins. The structured and dynamic Cabernet Sauvignon grapes
provided the balance for the Merlot, which was rich in alcohol.
ageing: 40% second fill barrels, 60 % third fill barrels
Merlot: 75 %, Cabernet Sauvignon: 25%