This 2016 vintage from Château Sociando Mallet is a dense, robust wine that will be long-lived, more than 10 years!
After the extensive grubbing campaign started in 2013-2014, the 2016 vintage whose blend includes 55% Merlot and 47% Caberrnet Sauvignon is very balanced with a lot of freshness, black fruits such as blackberry and blackcurrant.
The nose is dominated by the fruits, very aromatic with hints of black fruit, blackberry, blueberry. The palate is powerful enough tannic but the balance between fruit and tannins give a perfect balance to the lingering finish of this great wine.
Robert Parker says of Sociando Mallet - "This wine located in the middle of the best wines of Médoc has never been ranked, go understand".
The 2016 Sociando-Mallet has a refulgent purple/black color. It has a very intense and rich, you might say ambitious bouquet with layers of small black cherries, blueberry and a touch of sloes, less tertiary than previous vintages and certainly more opulent. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe tannin that almost disguise the firm structure underneath. I admire the completeness of this Sociando-Mallet, the neatly embroidered new oak and the freshness on the finish.
The advice of 12bouteilles:excellent value for money, an excellent Haut Médoc, open 2 hours before tasting, decant it if possible.
Wine Advocate 92-94
J. Robinson 16.5/20
J. Suckling 93-94
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Château Sociando Mallet 2016
50% merlot, 47% cabernet-sauvignon, 3% cabernet franc
Deep garnet red with violet reflections
Intense and complex bouquet, fruity and mineral aromas, notes of chalk, smoke, blackberries, blueberries, prunes, liquorice.
Attack dense, creamy, compact. Fine and granular tannins.
Beautiful aromatic intensity, persistent finish.