An exploration of wine

694. Château Sociando-Mallet, Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc, 2001

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Book 4 Wine 694

£13.99; 12.5%

The first of my first ever en primeur Bordeaux rouge. Yet still youthful – a ‘sleeper’ as RP might say. Surprisingly still ruby – mid-depth core with only hints of garnet at the rim. Medium intensity pencil shavings and minerally savouriness, over a core of ‘polished’ blackcurrant fruit. Quite concentrated and somewhat complex. Medium+ body, medium acidity, medium+ intensity savoury dark fruit, and almost earthy spice. Fine-grained tannins push through the medium+ length finish, and these are notable enough to suggest another 5 years to peak in flavour and texture. Good. For the long haul.

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