|Score: 89+||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
Sociando Mallet's opaque ruby/purple-colored 1999 reveals notes of wet steel, liquified minerals, black cherries/black currants, and subtle wood. Aromatically, there is not much difference between this wine and a renowned classified growth such as Leoville Las Cases. In the mouth, it is medium-bodied, with high tannin for a 1999, a long, persistent finish, and very good to excellent concentration and purity. This is a surprisingly backward wine, but then this is Sociando Mallet, the perennial overachiever making wines of exceptional longevity. (Bottles of 1982 and 1975 drunk in December were still not fully mature.) Anticipated maturity: 2007-2018.
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002|
An elegant, stylish effort, the 1999 reveals red currant, mineral, and spicy aromas. Though initially lean, it builds in the mouth, revealing abundant quantities of black currant and mineral flavors, sweet tannin, and good concentration. It should drink well upon release and over the following 10-14 years. This wine has filled out nicely over the last year.
|Score: 87/88||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001|
Tasted at the 1999 horizontal at Bordeaux Index. Strangely, the nose is a distant cousin of L'Evangile with black fruits, smoke, candied orange peel and a hint of marmalade. Good definition and freshness. The palate is medium-bodied, not a complex Sociando but well balanced, supple with well-judged acidity. It has very nice balance between austerity and corpulence, but lacks a little vigour and vivacity. Drink now-2017. Tasted June 2009.
|Score: 89||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, July 2009|
displays very good concentration for the vintage. Aromatic with plum, currant and tar character, the wine is medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tanins and a medium finish. Super buy. Best after 2003.
| ||James Suckling, Wine Spectator (31/3/2), March 2002|
|Score: 88/90||James Suckling, Wine Spectator|
Serious and consistent Northern Médoc property whose wine has been of top classed growth quality for years. This has deep colour and is thick and plummy. Real power and depth here but more approachable than usual.
|Score: 15.5||Farr Vintners, June 2000|