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Chateau Sociando-Mallet 2016
Merlot
Cabernet Sauvignon
France

 

Average review score: 93,8

Parker : (92-94)    Suckling : 94    RVF : 17   Quarin : 16,75   Robinson 16,5  Vinous : 92    Jeb dunnuck : 92    Average score of 9 other reviewers : 94,2

Jean-Marc Quarin, a connoisseur of Bordeaux, says of the 2016 Sociando-Mallet that it is the best ever produced by the property and I really agree with him.
A wine on black fruit, cherries, blackberries, blueberries, plums with a hint of currant and spices. A medium bodied, juicy, smooth wine, with sap and a beautiful aromatic sweetness. The tannins are present but perfectly polished. Beautiful 

To be enjoyed with roast beef or veal kidneys. 

 

Robert Parker : 92-94 / 100

The Sociando-Mallet 2016 has a reflective purple / black color. It has a very intense and rich bouquet, one could say "ambitious", with layers of small black cherries, blueberries and a touch of sloes, less tertiary than previous vintages and certainly more opulent. The palate is medium bodied with juicy, ripe tannins that almost mask the firm structure underneath. I admire the completeness of this Sociando-Mallet, the new oak and the freshness of the finish. The 2015 Sociando-Mallet did not go all out last year, but this 2016 is quite convincing. It comes highly recommended as one of the best wines produced in this area of northern Medoc. It is an exceptional wine.  

Neal Martin - April 28, 2017
Maturity: 2022 - 2045

 

James Suckling : 94/100

Aromas of blackberries and currants with a hint of spice. Medium body, firm, chewy tannins and a crisp, fresh finish. Shows concentration and seriousness for the appellation, as is customary with this producer. Better after 2022.

James Suckling - February 03, 2019

 

La revue du vin de France : 17/20 (94/100)

For several vintages, as a result of the replanting of several Cabernet plots, Sociando has relied on a higher proportion of Merlots. This 2016 offers superb sap, with finesse and a smoothness of tannins that already make it irresistible. The fruit explodes in the mouth!

 

Jean Marc Quarin : 16.75 / 20 (93.5 / 100) 

The best ever. Intense and beautiful dark color. Very aromatic nose, fine, with pure and ripe fruit. Spicy nuances. Delicate on the palate, like a Saint Julien, then powerful in the middle while being melting, with taste and grace in the touch, the wine is constantly caressing, sappy, aromatic and long. It is really very good. Superb outsider.
 
Maturity: 2026-2046

 

Jancis Robinson : 16.5 / 20 (93.5 / 100)

Tasted blind. Both fresh and intense, with very ripe fruit. Good start and good follow-up. Acid and tannin present, but not too aggressive.

Jancis Robinson - February 6, 2020
Maturity: 2024-2031

 

Vinous : 92/100 

The 2016 Sociando-Mallet has an attractive bouquet of cranberries, wild strawberries, cedar and slightly clayey aromas. The palate is medium bodied with grainy tannins, but it is well balanced with a fresh, fairly mineral finish that has grace and charm. This is a splendid Sociando-Mallet that I suspect to improve with the guard.
Blind tasted during Southwold tasting

Neal Martin - August 2020 
Maturity: 2022-2040

 

Jeb Dunnuck : 92/100

The 2016 Chateau Sociando-Mallet is a magnificent and complete wine which remarkably shows the classic style of this vintage. Deep ruby-purple in color, with formidable notes of cassis, black cherries, dried earth and pencil shavings, it fills the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a layered and even texture, and a superb finish. . The tannins are abundant, but they are polished and well integrated into the wine. This brilliant Haut-Médoc is available today, but it will be even better after 2 to 4 years of aging in the bottle and will keep for more than 15 years.
 

Jeb Dunnuck - June 14, 2019
Maturity: 2021-2036

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The mignonettes are to be kept in the refrigerator in their vacuum packaging and consumed within 48 to 72 hours following their reception.
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