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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84, (See more on Vinous...)

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

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2008, (See more on Winedoctor...) 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, (See more on Winedoctor...)

    (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 My only query is why it wasn't withdrawn at tasting?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, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (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, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (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, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (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.

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