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2001 Sociando Mallet, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)

SKU #1011554 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This Haut-Medoc performed spectacularly on the two occasions I tasted it from bottle, even eclipsing its impressive showing from cask. It looks to be every bit as powerful as the 2000 ... not an easy achievement. A fabulous sleeper of the vintage, it tastes more like a first-growth than an unclassified offering. Its inky/blue/purple color is accompanied by a spectacular bouquet of lead pencil shavings, ink, blackberries, cedar, and earth. Full-bodied, with terrific texture, fabulous concentration, and moderately high tannin, this massive, atypical 2001 must be tasted to be believed. A brilliant achievement! Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020+. Inner quote mark (6/2004)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright medium ruby. More exotic, smoky aromas of roasted currant and chocolate. Softer and silkier than the 2002, with an enticing, chocolatey merlot sweetness dominating the palate. But a wine of very good rather than outstanding depth, finishing with firm tannins that come across as a bit less refined than those of the 2002. Inner quote mark (6/2004)

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