Red

1996 Château Sociando-Mallet

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Haut-Médoc
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Community Tasting Notes 183

  • Frank Schneider wrote: (89 points)

    June 19, 2016 - Old school ! Little friut left ! Rough tannins ! High acid ! No fun

  • Kevin H wrote: (91 points)

    June 10, 2016 - Classic cassis dominated claret. Ready now, good stuff.

  • ksmith wrote: (93 points)

    May 24, 2016 - Cedar and pencil shavings on tha nose. Smooth tannins, still good fruit.

  • Eboracum Likes this wine: (93 points)

    April 24, 2016 - I bought a dozen of these in their wooden case soon after release and congratulate myself on having held off breaking into the case until now, the wine's 20th year. IMO it is in its early prime with plenty more life left. Colour quite deep with a little browning at the rim. Classical mature Médoc nose of lively red fruit (a lot of plum) with fragrance together with mineral, cedar, balsamic and noble forestal green touches. Harmonious and classically shaped medium/full bodied palate with fruit, minerals, secondary notes, juicy acidity and aromas from the nose all beautifully integrated with an added hint of leather leading to a firm long finish with some tannins still apparent until after the first mouthful of steak. Excellent.

  • GK449 Likes this wine:

    April 9, 2016 - Classic claret in flavor and structure. Drinking very well and ample vitality remains. Only knock, and this is nitpicking for sure, is that it's appeal seems more intellectual than sensory. Still, an impressive wine.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    9/24/2009 (link)

    (Ch Sociando Mallet, Jean Gautreau Haut-Médoc Red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    9/24/2009 (link)

    (Ch Sociando Mallet Haut-Médoc Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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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 32 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,486 (73%)
  • Consumed 874 (26%)

Food Pairing

Beef, Lamb, roast chicken

Who Likes This Wine

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