Colaris WijnenScore: 8 1/2
The 2017 Sociando-Mallet has a well-defined bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, woodland leaves and cedar that gently unfolds with time. There is no sign of any greenness here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity, classic or traditional Bordeaux from start to finish with fine delineation on the tobacco-tinged finish. Excellent.
Barrel sample. This wine offers a blackberry fruit flavor framed by crisp acidity and fine-grained tannins. It has a dry core, with plenty of spice and fruit tones to broaden it out.
Freshness and brightness to this. Medium to full body with firm, juicy tannins. A little chewy now, but will come around nicely with bottle age. Excellent for the vintage.