Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2001

9.031 ratings on Delectable
$79.99

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+. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Ron R

Shitty vintage, which presented so well. Soft, round and very approachable.

Shitty vintage, which presented so well. Soft, round and very approachable.

9.3

Bob McDonald

Unmistakably Bordeaux- dusty Berry fruits on nose. Medium weight. Very good for a Grand Bourgeois ie not a classed growth. Doing it comfortably at 16 years. With air- more Capsicum and astringent notes A nice wine but questionable if it would benefit from further cellaring.

Unmistakably Bordeaux- dusty Berry fruits on nose. Medium weight. Very good for a Grand Bourgeois ie not a classed growth. Doing it comfortably at 16 years. With air- more Capsicum and astringent notes A nice wine but questionable if it would benefit from further cellaring.

9.1

Rick Z

Wow....wasn't sure about this one here in 2017, but yowza its delightful. Deep, dark, lots of fruit and just a touch of tannins remain. Happy I have 2 more to share! Effe....this is one Bordeaux even you would like!

Wow....wasn't sure about this one here in 2017, but yowza its delightful. Deep, dark, lots of fruit and just a touch of tannins remain. Happy I have 2 more to share! Effe....this is one Bordeaux even you would like!

9.3

Julienne Lam

Fruity on the nose, rich full body, soft tannins, black currant, ripe plums, pencil shaving, spicy pepper. Yum! At 28-50 mag tasting.

Fruity on the nose, rich full body, soft tannins, black currant, ripe plums, pencil shaving, spicy pepper. Yum! At 28-50 mag tasting.

9.0

JKT

Typical Medoc nose and palate with hay and notes of black fruits and cedar. Still tannic and angular in structure. Long acidic finish. Reminds me why I moved to burgs. Decanted for next day. Latham tasting. 8/12/16. Next day more balanced and resolved into more harmonious whole. Cedar a bit more muted. So need more years! Up the score.

Typical Medoc nose and palate with hay and notes of black fruits and cedar. Still tannic and angular in structure. Long acidic finish. Reminds me why I moved to burgs. Decanted for next day. Latham tasting. 8/12/16. Next day more balanced and resolved into more harmonious whole. Cedar a bit more muted. So need more years! Up the score.

8.9

Michael Funes

Great textbook, traditional Bordeaux in all the right ways.

Great textbook, traditional Bordeaux in all the right ways.

8.5

Tim Herrmann

This bottle was in a great, great place--lots of expressive floral notes like iris and violet, still plenty of blueberry, blackberry, and cherry fruit, refreshing green notes like fresh cut herbs, green bell pepper, and pencil shavings. Aromatic, and integrated, this has richness but also a Loire-like restraint. Like a swing and a hit right from the sweet spot.

This bottle was in a great, great place--lots of expressive floral notes like iris and violet, still plenty of blueberry, blackberry, and cherry fruit, refreshing green notes like fresh cut herbs, green bell pepper, and pencil shavings. Aromatic, and integrated, this has richness but also a Loire-like restraint. Like a swing and a hit right from the sweet spot.

9.4

David Schneider

Tasted from 375

Tasted from 375

8.8

Darragh Chase

Solid Bordeaux... Last in the tasting with Dave but that doesn't have much weight when they were all top picks

Solid Bordeaux... Last in the tasting with Dave but that doesn't have much weight when they were all top picks

8.9

Andy Demaree

Prominent bell pepper on the nose and palate. Too bad, as it overshadows the leather, earth, and currant elements.

Prominent bell pepper on the nose and palate. Too bad, as it overshadows the leather, earth, and currant elements.

8.3