1990 Sociando-Mallet, Haut-Médoc

SKU #950436 96 points Wine Spectator

 Amazing wine for the vintage. Black-ruby color. Stupendous aromas of crushed berries, currants, cherries and minerals. Full-bodied, with superconcentration of fruit and wonderfully polished tannins. Goes on and on. (JS)  (8/2000)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Once again this estate revealed its excellent quality/price ratio. As one taster so appropriately stated after learning the identity of both the 1989 and 1990 Sociando-Mallets, "I'd rather have the '89 or '90 Sociando-Mallet than the '89 Margaux or '90 Mouton in my cellar." Both wines showed surprisingly well, performing at second or third-growth levels. The 1990 appears to be the finest Sociando-Mallet since the sensational 1982. The wine possesses an opaque purple color, and a tight but promising nose of thick, cassis, blackcurrant fruit, subtle roasted herbs, smoke, licorice, and minerals. Powerful, super-concentrated, and backward, with layers of flavor and high tannin, this striking wine should evolve for 2-3 decades. (RP)  (2/1997)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby red to the rim. Vibrant, slightly high-toned aromas of mulberries, licorice, and spice, with a faint note of leather that contributes to its complexity. Very ripe and concentrated; quite dense but the velvety texture is already inviting. Finishes very long, with ripe tannins. The best young Sociando we've yet tasted; for this cru bourgeois, quite stylish. (ST)  (11/1993)

Jancis Robinson

 Deep crimson with more brilliance than the 1989. Firm, meaty and vibrant on the nose. Very luscious and hedonistic with more acidity than the 1989. This gives the impression of being far from its final flowering in the bottle. Dense and velvety with some of the property's freshness, it has a very long finish and is certainly flattering - though seems much more youthful than most 1990s. Clean and brisk on the finish. Just a few dusty tannins on the end. Thick! Long. Just lacks a bit of lift for me. 17+/20 points. Drink 2002 to 2020. (JR)  (10/2009)

K&L Notes

92-94 points Neal Martin: "This is an outstanding 1990. The nose is very broody and backward with notes of melted dark chocolate, gravel and a hint of decaying leaves. The palate is very backward with a huge structure. Very tannic and majestic. Spicy, toasty finish. This wine is giving nothing away now, but there is a lovely bacon fat finish. Delicious. From 2012. Tasted April 2005." (Wine Journal)

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