Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc 2016
This top winery with 10,000 sticks per hectare and total Merlot orientation was once a real insider tip. Then they replanted them and had too many young vines. Let's see if they're back on track in 2016. In the past, Sociando was the absolute prime of Haut Medoc. Black nose with roasted aromas. Showing beautiful delicacy. The nose fits well, is fun. Violets, eucalyptus, ripe black fruit, also cassis. Showing nice density. Nice mouth, good cut. Yellow fruit underneath. Fine cherry, sandy notes, creamy. But in the delicacy and complexity clearly behind the neighbor Charmail, also because he is a little drying out in the mouth. Something too extracted, almost too much new wood. A good Sociando, back on track, but he missed the connection to the tops.