Chateau Sociando-Mallet (2009)
The wines of Sociando-Mallet are characterized by a very deep and dark color, complex aromas of little red fruits and a well-integrated find oaky finish. The wine is full-bodied, straight and elegant, with a lot of freshness and depth. The wines are also, by tradition, long-keeping wines.
94 James Suckling
Lots of currants, berries and chocolate on the nose and palate. Full and chewy. Solid tannin structure.
92 Wine Spectator
Love the nose of currant and mineral, with hints of mint. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Tannic. Maybe too much. But I think it's going to come out excellent. Barrel Sample: 89-92 Points
90 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This uncompromising property has turned out a backward, forbiddingly tannic wine that, even in this very opulent and flamboyant vintage, will need a minimum of 10-15 years of cellaring yet keep for 40 or more years. Opaque black/purple, with notes of crushed rock, white flowers, graphite, blueberry and cassis, the wine is tight and needs to be coaxed from the glass. It is medium to full-bodied, with an excruciatingly tough-textured finish. Everything is here, and the wine is set for a long life, but it is not the least bit charming and certainly won’t be for at least another decade.