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1996 Château Sociando-Mallet

Red Bordeaux Blend

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Community Tasting Notes 166

  • nicklauw wrote: (90 points)

    August 16, 2015 - Still quite tannic. Nice nose. More herbs and tea on the palate than fruit.

  • bengti wrote: (90 points)

    July 26, 2015 - Consistent with last tasting, philips head was needed again. Wine is doing well though setting into its fading twilight. Drink up. Best over a meal as opposed to solitary tasting as by the third hour it was feeling like it didnt have much more to give.

  • kbcadeponei wrote: flawed

    July 12, 2015 - Slightly oxidized. Rather not rate it.

  • bengti Likes this wine: (93 points)

    June 7, 2015 - A split cork did not bode well but was incapable of separating a desperate wife and a philips-head from wine. With diligent violence, the rubble of the cork was extracted revealing a well-preserved Grande Dame from 19 years ago. The wine was brown and cloudy to start in the glass, accurately reflecting that this is well darn fully mature and is in the drink now with gusto bucket. Thankfully, it settles well to reveal bright, red, ripe cherry notes and teasing hints of spice, tobacco, leather and chocolate. A lovely cushion of alcohol still is present and gives the wine lift, body and depth despite its age. In direct contrast to the 2003, this is succulent and juicy despite being much older, confirming that the 2003 was over extracted (or that 96 is just that much better a vintage). A tart, tangy finish tantalizes the tongue and keeps one coming back for more. Alas, this sadly is the second last bottle. More violence shall ensue.

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  • nc99 wrote: (90 points)

    May 16, 2015 - Dark currants, red fruits, caramel, French oak, coffee, herbs, and tobacco on the nose. Drinking nicely now. Palate was very silky. As the depth was not steep, it won't improve much with aging,

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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 33 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2388 (75%)
  • Consumed 765 (24%)

Food Pairing

Beef, Lamb, roast chicken

Who Likes This Wine

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