Sociando Mallet 1999

SubregionLeft Bank

See all vintages of this wine

This wine has now sold out. To register your interest please contact us at and we will notify you when it is back in stock.

Tasting Notes

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: 89Robert 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: 87/88Robert 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: 89Neal Martin,, 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: 88/90James 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: 15.5Farr Vintners, June 2000

Please note that these tasting notes/scores are not intended to be exhaustive and in some cases they may not be the most recently published figures. However, we always do our best to add latest scores and reviews when these come to our attention. We advise customers who wish to purchase wines based simply on critical reviews to carry out further research into the latest reports.