Château Sociando-Mallet

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend

9.1916 ratings
9.1138 pro ratings
Haut-Médoc, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.2

Perfect rainy night claret. Nice aged aromas. Tar, cassis, tobacco, soil, floral. Really aromatic. Saddle leather. Killer classic medoc. Palate is juicy and has a little bit of grit but I love it as that is the character of 2002. Firm spine but generous as well. Terrific balance and ripe yet firm tannins.

Perfect rainy night claret. Nice aged aromas. Tar, cassis, tobacco, soil, floral. Really aromatic. Saddle leather. Killer classic medoc. Palate is juicy and has a little bit of grit but I love it as that is the character of 2002. Firm spine but generous as well. Terrific balance and ripe yet firm tannins.

Oct 28th, 2018
Conrad Green

Fresh raspberry, plasticine, rounded pluminess with a light blood-like note. No signs of excessive heat. A little under in the mid palate, but very approachable and quite primary.

Fresh raspberry, plasticine, rounded pluminess with a light blood-like note. No signs of excessive heat. A little under in the mid palate, but very approachable and quite primary.

Oct 1st, 2018
Beau Carson

Rather tame and simple to begin, but once it opened up, roasted poblano peppers, sweet tobacco, and funky animal sweat were all revealed.

Rather tame and simple to begin, but once it opened up, roasted poblano peppers, sweet tobacco, and funky animal sweat were all revealed.

Jul 11th, 2018
Palmer Emmitt

Owner/Winemaker Judge Palmer

9.2

This ‘03 is drinking great! Rich red currant and cherry fruit, beautiful underlying graphite, well-integrated chalky tannins and great balance.

This ‘03 is drinking great! Rich red currant and cherry fruit, beautiful underlying graphite, well-integrated chalky tannins and great balance.

Jul 8th, 2018
Matt Nason

Man, fruit is still vibrant, bright bing cherries and a little bit of smoke and ash.

Man, fruit is still vibrant, bright bing cherries and a little bit of smoke and ash.

Jun 2nd, 2018
Jay Kline

High shoulder fill. Cork just short of being completely saturated. Poured into glasses about an hour prior; consumed over a three hour period. Color is a dark garnet with maybe the slightest hint of bricking on the edge. Intoxicating aromas of crème de cassis, tobacco, cedar, baking spices, and forest floor. On the palate, the fruit was remarkably fresh and vibrant for 35 years of age. Zippy, black currants, plums, leather and a touch of earth. Tannins are still holding fast! Finish lasts for a minute, plus. Stunning bottle. Honestly, it’s hard to think of a producer in Bordeaux that punches this far above its class. There was more than enough structure for this to easily go another 10 years...maybe even longer. Wow.

High shoulder fill. Cork just short of being completely saturated. Poured into glasses about an hour prior; consumed over a three hour period. Color is a dark garnet with maybe the slightest hint of bricking on the edge. Intoxicating aromas of crème de cassis, tobacco, cedar, baking spices, and forest floor. On the palate, the fruit was remarkably fresh and vibrant for 35 years of age. Zippy, black currants, plums, leather and a touch of earth. Tannins are still holding fast! Finish lasts for a minute, plus. Stunning bottle. Honestly, it’s hard to think of a producer in Bordeaux that punches this far above its class. There was more than enough structure for this to easily go another 10 years...maybe even longer. Wow.

Apr 22nd, 2018
Cody Short

Funky, earthy and in a wonderful spot

Funky, earthy and in a wonderful spot

Apr 15th, 2018
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.3

Wowie. April is my favorite time to drink bordeaux. En premieur, lamb, Greek Easter. What could be better. This is still alive and kicking in a big way. Earthy, bright and long.

Wowie. April is my favorite time to drink bordeaux. En premieur, lamb, Greek Easter. What could be better. This is still alive and kicking in a big way. Earthy, bright and long.

Apr 10th, 2018
James Forsyth

Saturday night had a dual mission: to find a world class steak and to have a great catch-up with a couple of old friends. We're in Manhattan. Mission: Utterly Probable.

We headed to the Bowery Meat Company, which has become a regular fixture on various Best New York Steakhouses lists. The knowledgeable server brought us a fine array of steaks, explained some of the more unusual cuts and provided useful advice on the selection. The 40oz T-Bone Florentine was our table's centerpiece and delicious. Goal
#1, done.

One of the strengths of the Bowery Meat Company is its extensive, well chosen wine list. It also allows corkage ($40/bottle, max 2). I brought along this excellent 2009 Sociando-Mallet, possibly the best value wine in Bordeaux. Pure Old World charm with lashings of leather, tar and dark fruits. Plenty of complexity and drinking beautifully. The bottle drained quickly with plenty of laughs and anecdotes. Goal
#2, done.

Saturday night had a dual mission: to find a world class steak and to have a great catch-up with a couple of old friends. We're in Manhattan. Mission: Utterly Probable.

We headed to the Bowery Meat Company, which has become a regular fixture on various Best New York Steakhouses lists. The knowledgeable server brought us a fine array of steaks, explained some of the more unusual cuts and provided useful advice on the selection. The 40oz T-Bone Florentine was our table's centerpiece and delicious. Goal
#1, done.

One of the strengths of the Bowery Meat Company is its extensive, well chosen wine list. It also allows corkage ($40/bottle, max 2). I brought along this excellent 2009 Sociando-Mallet, possibly the best value wine in Bordeaux. Pure Old World charm with lashings of leather, tar and dark fruits. Plenty of complexity and drinking beautifully. The bottle drained quickly with plenty of laughs and anecdotes. Goal
#2, done.

Mar 11th, 2018
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9.0

One of the standouts of the vintage, the 2015 Sociando Mallet is all finesse. Light on its feet, gracious and super-expressive, the 2015 speaks to class above all else. The flavors are bright and beautifully lifted in this polished, sophisticated Haut-Médoc. Although a touch light, the 2015 is very pretty. The blend is 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2018)

One of the standouts of the vintage, the 2015 Sociando Mallet is all finesse. Light on its feet, gracious and super-expressive, the 2015 speaks to class above all else. The flavors are bright and beautifully lifted in this polished, sophisticated Haut-Médoc. Although a touch light, the 2015 is very pretty. The blend is 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2018)

Mar 5th, 2018