Red

1996 Château Sociando-Mallet

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Haut-Médoc
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Community Tasting Notes 210

  • Kevin H wrote: (92 points)

    May 28, 2017 - Very good as every. Still some tannin here which I suspect will always give it a bit of a rustic feel. Creamy cassis nose and fine black currant flavours. Very classic. While the colour is starting to show some age this still,tastes like it has some upside yet.

  • MRichman wrote:

    May 28, 2017 - Starting to come around. Typical Sociando green pepper, herb. Tastes like there's a lot of Cab Franc. Good smokey oak. Solid. Dark fruit. Iron and mineral. Totally angular and idiosyncratic. If you don't like it you won't like it, but if you like SM then this one won't disappoint. Very good, will get better. Drink or hold.

  • Nanda wrote: (92 points)

    May 14, 2017 - In a very good spot that should hold for 5+ years before moving into a tertiary phase. Fruit is on the leaner side, but quite vibrant with the distinct Sociando bell pepper and tobacco leaf notes adding complexity. Tannins are still firm, but in balance. Very good.

  • Yagil wrote: (91 points)

    April 20, 2017 - dark opaque red-purple
    Typical funky Bordeaux tertiary aromas nose of dark fruits, sous-bois, toasted barrel-oak, heavy old leather and mushrooms
    dry firm tannins, medium-full bodied, mature dry dark fruits, lean complexity, low fruitiness, intense flavours, woody, wine for food, dry bitter tannic finish

  • Anonymous wrote: (89 points)

    April 13, 2017 - A bit less giving than my last bottle. This showed more structure and less fruit. Very firm and mouth drying tannins, with secondary flavors of dried fruit, leather and celery seed. This did soften up a bit with time, but still, quite hard... needs food. UPDATE: The tannins smoothed out on day two. A slight bell pepper note chimed in, but was not too distracting. Next time, I need to decant.

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    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

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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
  • UPC Code 3428431301102

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 38 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,518 (71%)
  • Consumed 1,003 (28%)

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Beef, Lamb, roast chicken

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