Red

1996 Château Sociando-Mallet

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Haut-Médoc
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Community Tasting Notes 199

  • honest bob wrote: (92 points)

    January 14, 2017 - From 75cl, exquisite cork, decanted 2 hours leaving about 10cl slimy deposit behind. Drop-dead gorgeous, pure blackcurrant scent and fruit on the entry; very concentrated, thick-luscious-velvety-glycerine texture with a sheer weight reminiscent of a superlative Coonawara Cabernet (this is meant as praise). Fresh cedar keeps it lively. Just perfect this evening with entrecôte. 92P

  • mmcdds Likes this wine: (91 points)

    January 8, 2017 - Again, this is a really pretty mature Bordeaux that, tonight, was drinking very well after a quick double decant with soft, rounded fruit, earth and a fairly prominent animale undertone.

  • chatters wrote:

    December 27, 2016 - Decanted 75 minutes. Liquorice, brambles, plums, touches of cream and vanilla and plentiful cigar box. Slightly sour on the palate but pretty good. Needed the decant to open up.

  • chatters wrote:

    December 24, 2016 - Coravin fun - 2016 Christmas selection process (Kennards, Waterloo): From Coravin. Earth, dust, slightly herbaceous, leather, tobacco leaf. Slightly sour red currant on palate, tannin lends breadth. Very much in the slightly unripe spectrum but none the worse for that.

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  • Papies wrote: (91 points)

    December 14, 2016 - No decanting here. Well matured and evolved classic claret.
    Light earthy, tobacco, forest floor and cedar. Still quite healthy on the fruit, silky on the tannic. Well evolved on the palate and full of earthy feel. Still well balanced and a joy especially if one like the old Bordeaux feel. A very good 91-92

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

    (Chateau Sociando Mallet Haut Medoc (in magnum)) Subscribe to see review text.

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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?

Rockss and Fruit

  • 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 36 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,491 (72%)
  • Consumed 950 (27%)

Food Pairing

Beef, Lamb, roast chicken

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