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Grand Cru Classé en 1855
Groupe Ballande
Founded in the 12th century by monks from Vertheuil Abbey, the prieuré (or “priory”) of Cantenac produced well-reputed wines from the very beginning. The vineyard belonged to the Church until the French Revolution.

In 1951, Alexis Lichine, called “the Pope of Wine”, took over the estate and added his name two years later. Thanks to his patient determination, he was able to add new vineyard plots, modernize the cellars, and renovate the monks’ former living quarters. Château Prieuré-Lichine’s fate was linked to that of the Lichine family for nearly half a century.

Now owned by the Ballande group, the château has entered a dynamic new phase of its history with eight hectares of vines added in 2012, and brand new cellar.

A new approach to managing far-flung vineyard plots has turned this diversity into a decided advantage, enabling Prieuré- Lichine to express the full complexity of its terroir thanks to an experienced and devoted winemaking team.

Château Prieuré-Lichine
34 avenue de la Ve République
+33 (0)5 57 88 36 28
The Château in figures
Area under wine

78 hectares


192,000 bottles


Pyrenean gravel and gravel from the Günz glaciation period

Grape varieties

55 % Cabernet Sauvignon

40 % Merlot

5 % Petit Verdot

Barrel ageing

18 months

New barrels: 50%

Second wine

Confidences de Prieuré-Lichine