Chateau Sociando-Mallet 2002

91 points

Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France. 12.5%

Intense aromas of blackcurrent and herbs.  Still quite raw this is a strongly flavoured wine, vin de garde with a long life ahead of it.  Plenty of new oak without any cosmetic or sweet oak flavours.  A distintive herbal seam with savoury metallic medicinal edge.

I was stuck by a similarity in flavour and aromas to the best of Hawkes Bay cabernets.  It would be interesting to try one alongside this, I expect the Sociando-Mallet would be more concentrated, and distinctly more savoury and dry – but there would be a resemblance.

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