2006 Sociando Mallet, Haut-Médoc
***Cellar Selection*** With a high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine has both structured and superbly rich fruit. The tannins are firm, but show a sweet, enticing edge to them, giving a full body and classic, fresh black currant acidity. An impressive wine, which definitely needs to age—five years or more. (RV)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted blind at Farr Vintners' 2006 tasting, the 2006 Château Sociando Mallet displayed a lifted and sprightly bouquet with black fruit, scorched earth, fresh mint and smoky aromas - quasi-Pauillac in style. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and a keen line of acidity, fresh in the mouth with a saline tincture towards the composed finish. There is impressive freshness here...it conveys energy. Drink now and over the next decade. Tasted April 2016. (NM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Currant, black cherry, licorice, pepper, fresh herbs and a mineral component on the nose. Muscular, slightly inky and penetrating, but not at all an outsized wine for Sociando in spite of its lurking power. Finishes youthfully tight, even a bit tough, with plenty of tongue-dusting tannins and a peppery element. This has put on weight since the last time I tasted it and may yet gain in sweetness with five or six years of bottle aging.
Also 90 points Neal Martin, in Wine Advocate's Wine Journal: "Tasted blind at Southwold -06 Bordeaux tasting. Deep garnet hue. The Sociando -06 sports an attractive bouquet: earthy quintessential Saint Estephe with aromas of blackberry, tar and cedar. Good definition and attaining a voluptuous veil with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied, furry tannins but nice purity here, blackberry, cedar, a nice salty tang towards the finish with good depth and length. This is an upstanding Sociando Mallet, comparatively modern in style vis-a-vis other vintages. Tasted January 2010." (7/2010)