A Haut-Medoc that combines power and finesse
Chateau Sociando-Mallet is a wine produced in the Haut-Medoc on a 57 hectare vineyard. The grape varieties planted are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The average vine is 35 years old. The 2016 vintage of Sociando-Mallet is a blend of 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. The grapes were harvested from September 26th to October 19th.
Chateau Sociando-Mallet 2016 is very dark with violet hues. There are powerful aromas of black fruits, dominated by balsamic perfumes and wild blackberries. The nose is uninhibited and delivers pure and intense fragrances. The palate is powerful, but civilized, with a beautiful weight in the mouth. The combined finesse and power is proof of mastery and precision. A great Sociando-Malet.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
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.