La Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet 2008 AC Haut Médoc
Tasted May 2012
Grapes - Cabernet Sauvignon (50%) and Merlot (50%).
Appearance - clear and bright, with a surprising medium minus ruby color. Some tears and a thin rim.
Nose - clean and youthful showing pronounced intensity aromas, resembling mainly blackcurrant and blueberry, some cherry, fresh plum, a hint of vanilla and a green leafy note.
Palate - dry wine with medium but refreshing acidity, nicely rounded ripe tannins of medium level, a medium minus body and medium alcohol level. Flavour intensity is less evident than the nose, presenting a medium level with consistent fruit flavours of blackcurrant, cherry and plum with a very slight note of green bell pepper spiking up the medium length.
Conclusions (15,5/20) - Good quality wine, showing clear sense of place, with an elegant and intense nose, a smooth and polished mouth with a nice fruit definition on the fresh side. Components are fairly balanced but the wine is a bit thin, lacking some concentration and hollowing a bit on the mid palate. Nevertheless a very enjoyable wine from a tough vintage, that's fully ready to drink.