"Classified as a Cru Artisan this wine has plenty of Black fruit notes with cassis and blackberry, followed by vanilla, sweet spice and cedar. Rich on the palate, the tannins have smoothed out resulting in a smooth, silky wine. The finish is long with pleasant dried fruit and earthy undertones.
Made by a very small family owned winery.
Fresh, with good cut to the plum and black currant fruit, showing extra tobacco and iron notes on the finish. Has a good shot of toast, but enough fruit and minerality to soak that up. Rock-solid. 89-92 points J.M. - Wine Spectator
Superb concentration of Cabernet fruit; great ripeness and structure. A polished wine with a good future. Never disappoints.17/20pts (90/100pts) Decanter
Chewy and rich with serious fruits and a nutty character. Full and long. Excellent length. 92-93 points James Suckling
The Château Sociando-Mallet 2014 has an outstanding nose: very intense blackberry and raspberry fruit, fine delineation and tension, a real humdinger! The palate is fresh and vibrant with fine tannin, plenty of grainy red berry fruit mixed with cedar and bay leaf, with great conviction on the finish. This is a great Sociando Mallet from Jean Gartreau - expect it to land at the top of that banded score. 90-92 Points Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate #218 April 2015
This wine has rich aromas of blackberries, dried currants, chocolate, walnuts and tile on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, fine-grained tannins. Polished and structured with a nice core of black fruit. Give it at least a couple of years of bottle age. Lovely balance to it.
The 2016 La Lagune has a classic tobacco and cedar bouquet with fine delineation and nicely integrated oak. The medium-bodied palate offers gentle grip on the entry and plenty of tarry black fruit. A touch of mint emerges toward the linear but impressively focused finish. I like the vivacity and penetration here. One of the big estates in the southern Médoc, this property has produced a rich, balanced wine packed with black-currant fruits and fine, elegant tannins. Drink from 2025.
A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot, this has a finefresh dark fruit nose like brumble, blackcurrant with some tobacco, forest floor, black olive tapenade and a touch of smoke. The palate is medium-bodied with a lovely acidity, very well balanced with and fine, quite racy finish. Very fine.
The 2016 Peyrabon has a finely detailed bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, pressed flower and mineral aromas. This exudes class. The palate is well balanced with fine grain tannin, one of the more saline Cru Bourgeois with touches of oyster shell and spice towards the poised, edgy finish. Very fine. This is a property very close to Pauillac, and it's one to watch out for now, and in the future. These wines are well-made, value-driven, with good depth and length. Proprietor Patrick Bernard owns 50 hectares of gravel soils and with the aid of winemaker Xavier Michelet, produce elegant, silky, and vibrant wines that won't break the bank.
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