Amazing wine for the vintage. Black-ruby color. Stupendous aromas of crushed berries, currants, cherries and minerals. Full-bodied, with superconcentration of fruit and wonderfully polished tannins. Goes on and on. (JS)
Once again this estate revealed its excellent quality/price ratio. As one taster so appropriately stated after learning the identity of both the 1989 and 1990 Sociando-Mallets, "I'd rather have the '89 or '90 Sociando-Mallet than the '89 Margaux or '90 Mouton in my cellar." Both wines showed surprisingly well, performing at second or third-growth levels. The 1990 appears to be the finest Sociando-Mallet since the sensational 1982. The wine possesses an opaque purple color, and a tight but promising nose of thick, cassis, blackcurrant fruit, subtle roasted herbs, smoke, licorice, and minerals. (RP)
Ruby red to the rim. Vibrant, slightly high-toned aromas of mulberries, licorice, and spice, with a faint note of leather that contributes to its complexity. Very ripe and concentrated; quite dense but the velvety texture is already inviting. Finishes very long, with ripe tannins. The best young Sociando we've yet tasted; for this cru bourgeois, quite stylish. (ST)
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