2005 Sociando Mallet, Haut-Médoc
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full medium red-ruby. Complex nose offers black raspberry, licorice, minerals and a whiff of leather. Brooding, ripe and deep, with terrific volume for Sociando. The black raspberry, licorice and dark chocolate flavors are full and rich but remain this side of exotic. In fact, this boasts superb balance even if it's youthfully backward today. Expands impressively on the back half, finishing with big, broad tannins and an impression of real power. Cellarmaster Faure notes that he's enjoying the '98 and '99 today, but that the 2000 and 2001 are currently quite closed. This 2005 is likely to require at least seven or eight years of patience.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Always one of the most ageworthy and backward wines of Bordeaux, Sociando Mallet could be described as the poor man’s version of Latour or Montrose. Based on the still painfully young bottles of the 1975 and 1982 in my cellar, the 2005 will undoubtedly last for 30-40 years. It exhibits graphite, black currant liqueur, smoke, and toast characteristics, zesty acidity, huge tannins, and equally massive concentration and extract. From a proprietor who consistently transcends his pedigree, it is a beauty of purity and symmetry. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040. 91+ (RP)
Very dark crimson - much bluer than the 2006 for example. Fresh yet intense. Lots of appetising notes here. Not at all heavy. Racy. Almost light and transparent! Very mineral. Very much of the terroir. Real succulence. Not heavy handed at all - still an undertow of cassis. Excellent balance.
Vanilla, blackberry and floral aromas follow through to a medium body, with velvety tannins and a medium chocolate and berry aftertaste. A little light for this esteemed estate. Best after 2010.