Originally posted by Foghorn:
I haven't tried many of the '03s yet, but of the ones I have, the Gruaud Larose has been hands down my favorite. I can't wait to try it 10-15 years from now, but for the price I paid they are pretty darn good right now. The Sociando Mallet on the other hand....did absolutely nothing for me; not even close to the 94 points Parker gave it.
Interesting you say that about the Sociando. Of note I have tried Lagrange, St Pierre, Duhart, Poyferre, and Beycheville. I liked all, some more than others, and I find that most are drinking pretty well young, although I'm sure they'll benefit from a decade in the bottle. I tried the Sociando and I hope it was an off bottle but even after 12 hours of double decanting it never showed a thing and had this awful chemical smell. I'm tempted to waste another just to see, but if it is as bad as the first I won't know what to do with my other 10.