Red

1996 Château Sociando-Mallet

Red Bordeaux Blend

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Community Tasting Notes 148

  • wurzel68 Likes this wine: (92 points)

    October 17, 2014 - Nase mit schöner Mischung aus Karamel, dunklen Fruchtnoten, Zeder, Tabak, floralen Anklängen; am Gaumen zunächst seidenweich, gute Balance aus eher feinerer (vermutlich schon etwas abgeschmolzener Tanninstruktur), Frucht und erdigen/Tabakaromen; erst im langen Abgang etwas rauere Tannine entbößend; sehr trinkig

  • dspieker wrote: (89 points)

    October 13, 2014 - One+ hour decant. Musty dark fruit and tobacco aroma. Decent fruit with cedar and tobacco. Nice integration with good acidity and medium body. Lengthy finish.

  • nicklauw wrote: (92 points)

    September 19, 2014 - Initially tight and tannic but really smoothness out with a fruity nose and a herbaceous finish after about 45 minutes. Very much ready to drink

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  • DoctorNoah wrote: (91 points)

    September 13, 2014 - Leaf and green pepper, light cassis, classic left bank nose. Medium body, still fairly strong but elegant tannins and good acidic lift.

  • honest bob wrote: (90 points)

    August 10, 2014 - From 75cl, perfect cork, 2mm staining from end. Decanted leaving a half-glass of fine muddy deposit behind. Wide open for business directly after opening, this has a simple but very attractive, up-front blackcurrant/cedar profile, good sweetness and fully integrated, melting tannins. Perfectly mature now, should hold at this level (but not improve) for about 5 years. 90P

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

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

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Winedoctor

  • 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 8 (0%)
  • In Cellars 2354 (78%)
  • Consumed 658 (22%)

Food Pairing

Beef, Lamb, roast chicken

Who Likes This Wine

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