Sociando Mallet 1999
Tasting Notes and Scores
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.
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.