Great classic Bordeaux. Clear notes of cassis combined with some more earthy and leathery notes. Needs a bit of air to open up before displaying nice complexity and depth. In a very good spot now with great balance between fruit and secondary notes.
One of my bottles of this now well drinking vintage, just popped and poured, the wine is still showing a dark dense colour in the glass, some aromas of licorice, soil, tobacco and lead pencil in the nose, just drinking fine with still a little grainy tannin, fades away after half an hour in the glass, midweight body, beautifully balanced after one hour in the glass, long finish but still lacking some concentration, a decade+ life ahead, **(*+?), 87- 89+?
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(Chateau Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc) Tasted over lunch, this already shows a delightfully maturing fruit character on the nose, with fresh red fruits intermingling with notes of tea leaves. Fresh, gentle, stylish, but with quite a lot of structure, this is showing fine composition and substance today. Very good indeed.
(Chateau Sociando Mallet Haut-Médoc) This has lovely, vibrant, pure and gravelly fruit on the nose; it is so typical of Sociando. It has a lively and vivacious character which is very appealing, and a soft, fruit-rich entry. Bright flavours, some black fruits too on the midpalate, and a core of ripe tannin. Fairly well framed substance, bright acidity, and a rich fruit finish. Lots of appeal here; I like this very much.
(Chateau Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc) A glossy hue, and a lovely nose of stylish, dark fruits. Quite fresh, cherry perfume, overall a very appealing style. The palate is supple and softly composed at first, but there is substance underneath it all, with nicely composed acidity and tannins. A vigorous character, this is attractive with really very good potential.
(Chateau Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc) A lovely style, fresh and laden with fruit. Fine presence, quite reserved and classically stylish, with a firm texture, but underneath this a nice grippy backbone. It has fresh acidity and a well balanced composition. Vibrancy and vigour here. Just as good as I recall from my tasting at the estate last year.
(Chateau Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc) Real character here, classic styled, youthful smoky claret, quite pure fruit presented in a very stylish fashion. Lovely extract and texture on the palate, quite fine, sweetly textured though, with good grip. Fine style, weight and presence, yet just a little dark in character as well as colour. Very good indeed.
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