Sociando Mallet 2016

RegionBordeaux
SubregionLeft Bank
ColourRed
TypeStill

This Northern Medoc property of 57 hectares has been making wine of classed growth quality for many years. Always matured in 100% new oak, the blend is usually around 50:50 Cabernet and Merlot.


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Bordeaux2016Sociando MalletBT270300.00cs92/94 NMAdd to Basket
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Tasting Notes

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 2015 Sociando-Mallet did not fire on all cylinders last year, but this 2016 is totally convincing. It comes highly recommended as one of the best wines produced at this estate in the northern Médoc. This is an outstanding wine from Mon. Gartreau. Drink 2022 - 2045.

Score: 92/94Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

Dark-berry and currant aromas with hints of spice. Medium body, firm and chewy tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Shows focus and seriousness for the appellation, as is usual from this producer. Better after 2022.

Score: 94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019

Tight and chewy yet polished and beautiful. Medium to full body, a pretty core of fruit within the center palate and a flavorful finish. Better than 2015 and on the same level as the excellent 2014.

Score: 93/94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

The 2016 Sociando Mallet is a wine of real depth and power. My feeling is that the 2016 will need at least a few years to be at its very best. Even so, the wine's complexity and overall pedigree are impossible to miss. Plum, lavender, chocolate and spice add striking layers of nuance. This is a very strong showing from Sociando Mallet. Drink 2021-2036.

Score: 92Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019

The 2016 Sociando Mallet is endowed with remarkable density and pure power, but it will be a number of years before the 2016 is ready to show all it’s got. Today, the wine's sheer luxuriousness is remarkable. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, spice and leather are all pushed forward. This is an especially concentrated, powerful vintage for Sociando, perhaps too much, but the wine's exotic beauty is, in my view, irresistible. Tasted two times.

Score: 88/91Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

The 2016 Sociando Mallet is endowed with remarkable density and pure power, but it will be a number of years before the 2016 is ready to show all it’s got. Today, the wine's sheer luxuriousness is remarkable. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, spice and leather are all pushed forward. This is an especially concentrated, powerful vintage for Sociando, perhaps too much, but the wine's exotic beauty is, in my view, irresistible. Tasted two times.

Score: 88/91Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

Very dark glowing crimson. Great graphite nose. Some rich meatiness. Very much pushed up the ripeness scale. Seems richer than I remember it but it's clearly very ambitious. Thick and sweet. Not really my style but it will over-deliver to those who are still looking for a wine from the 1990s! Drying end.
Drink 2024-2040

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

This Northern Medoc property of 57 hectares has been making wine of classed growth quality for many years. Always matured in 100% new oak, the blend is usually around 50:50 Cabernet and Merlot. Charred cherry wood, cedar and roasted blackberry on the nose. The palate is firm in tannins with a chewy structure giving backbone to cool but ripe black fruits. The touch of spice on the finish adds a nice layer of complexity and length.

Score: 15.5Farr Vintners, April 2017

The nose is fresh and firm and the start of the palate bright. Mid sweetness the fruit feels ripe firmer and fresher at the back the finish is quite tight. 2025-36

Score: 86/89Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

Inky black in colour, with a beautiful graphite and black fruit nose. This is undoubtedly a great Sociando this year, with precise yet juicy graphite and black fruits on the palate, from a fairly even blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Cabernet Franc too.

Drinking Window 2023 - 2040

Score: 92Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

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