A perfect fill, cork and colour, the wine was decanted for about two hours and consumed with grilled brats with an old friend (and bdx-phile). This Sociando had a hauntingly beautiful nose. In the mouth the wine was very nice as well -- balanced, rich and long -- but the fruit has begun to recede. Served blind, my friend guessed mid 80s second growth Paulliac. I might have guessed the same.
The superb prime time 1990 Sociando Mallet is in a real sweet spot at the moment. It boasts a deep garnet core and enticing aromas of burnt tar, black currant, blackberries and smoked shiitake mushrooms. Medium to full bodied, the wine indulges the palate with lovely intertwined layers of dried cranberries, licorice and a rich dark chocolate coulis, and lingers on with a near 45 second velvety finish. The 1990 is perhaps one of Jean Gautreau's finest Sociandos (and that's saying something!). Fully mature but showing no signs of fatigue this beauty should continue to peak for at least another 5 years. Bravo!
Goodness, this is in a beautiful spot. Fully expressive, deep nose of tobacco, leather, cedar chest, turned earth, and sweet red berry fruit. Resolved tannins on the soft, velvety palate, and I didn't detect any of the roasted fruit qualities that I've picked up in some 1990 BDX. That said, I admit I actually missed the telltale, Sociando green pepper note I get most years, but I suppose I'm probably in the distinct minority in that regard...
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