Red

1996 Château Sociando-Mallet

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Haut-Médoc
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Community Tasting Notes 189

  • liber Likes this wine: (88 points)

    August 26, 2016 - 3rd of 12, decanted 2 hours, perfect cork and level - little changed from my 2013 note - alarmingly youthful colour, nose and palate, still primary cassis and earth, dry tannins evident, worryingly astringent at end, but good length, good stuff in there, but will it ever integrate harmoniously, if so with its underlying concentration, scope for big improvement on current VG (16).

  • redders Likes this wine: (89 points)

    August 21, 2016 - Velvet red, classic nose, still young and vigorous. Good depth, earthy black currant fruit. Well balanced finish. Classic

  • midgetsun Likes this wine: (92 points)

    August 14, 2016 - Very concentrated clear ruby core, slight thinning at the edges. Not cloudy or bricking. Sultry nose of creme de cassis, black cherry, sweet black licorice and rose petals. Initially, a little uptight with coarse tannins up front and no real fruit detectable. 30 minutes in, the tannins are much softer and subdued and the fruit is beginning to puff out its chest. An hour thirty, the tannins are fully integrated across the palate; the fruit is as pronounced as possible. The aroma is still very powerful; flavors are clean with ripe black fruits and a pinch of grains of paradise along the sides. Overall, very classical and well built Bordeaux.

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    August 7, 2016 - Marin

  • Eboracum Likes this wine: (93 points)

    July 25, 2016 - Two further excellent bottles of this wine. It was striking after 20 years how little difference there was between these two as well as the previous, my TN on which remains apllicable.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2008 (link) 17+ points

    (Chateau Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc) This is an interesting opportunity to retaste this wine, which was so redolent of mushrooms when I tasted it at the domaine in 2006. Today it has a rather muted nose, but has a definite classic left bank style which the vintage often clearly shows. It has a lovely structure, perhaps a touch softer than I was expecting, but underneath there is a good grip through the midpalate and end. Good, but it still needs time. more importantly, it is certainly much better than last bottle.

  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2006 (link)

    (Chateau Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc) Tasted at dinner. Still a very dark colour. Deep, dense fruit. Mushroomy on the nose; a stale, mouldy aroma. Rather well described by one taster as le nez de torchon. Not at all typical of the vintage; the 1996 Sociando has a very good reputation. Nevertheless the palate retained all its fine texture and well defined lines. Indeed, past the nose, this is a fine wine. But this is not a representative bottle I am sure. My only query is why it wasn't withdrawn at tasting?

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  • By Lyle Fass
    4/25/2005 (link)

    (Sociando-Mallet) This continues to impress. Dark purple color is followed by and intense nose of cassis, violets, minerals and blackcurrannts. Ripe and very concentrated in the mouth with dazzling purity and grainy-like tannins. A fruit-soaked finish with some hints of mineral and earth. Just a stunning wine for it's pedigree. Pretty open now too. Continued to grow aromatically more complex as it sat in the glass. Also continued to get more velvety as it breathed. One of my favorite '96 Left Bankers.

  • By Lyle Fass
    12/26/2004 (link)

    (Sociando Mallet) Great nose of cassis, tar, violets, even more cassis, mineral, cuban tobacco. Sappy, extremely dense palate with lots of fruit and tannin. In complete balance. Reminded me of the '00 with the super ripe fruit backed up by intense structure. Great now but will improve for many years.

  • By Lyle Fass
    12/26/2004 (link)

    (Sociando-Mallet) Great nose of cassis, tar, violets, even more cassis, mineral, cuban tobacco. Sappy, extremely dense palate with lots of fruit and tannin. In complete balance. Reminded me of the '00 with the super ripe fruit backed up by intense structure. Great now but will improve for many years.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Sociando-Mallet
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Haut-Médoc

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 44 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,467 (72%)
  • Consumed 902 (26%)

Food Pairing

Beef, Lamb, roast chicken

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