Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2003

$69.99

Sociando-Mallet is the poster child for what cru bourgeois estates can achieve. This is a wine that is consistently of classified-growth quality and also one of the longest lived wines made in the Medoc. An exceptional vintage for Sociando-Mallet, 2003 has produced a spectacularly concentrated, inky blue/purple-colored wine with an extraordinary nose of blackberries, raspberries, some white flowers, and a hint of lead pencil shavings. The wine is powerful, extremely full-bodied, quite tannic, and seriously endowed. This is stunning wine that is rich, layered, and in need of 5-6 years of bottle-age. It should keep for 30+ years. It is certainly a riveting effort for the vintage and, as I wrote last year, probably a modern-day version of a hypothetical blend of a 1970 and a 1982. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Shay A Delectable Pro

If there’s a better/more value driven wine coming out of this part of Bordeaux, I’d love to hear it, because I always love this stuff. From a halfie and still incredibly youthful. Roasted plum, currant, saddle leather & herbal spice. No problem holding, even in this format!

If there’s a better/more value driven wine coming out of this part of Bordeaux, I’d love to hear it, because I always love this stuff. From a halfie and still incredibly youthful. Roasted plum, currant, saddle leather & herbal spice. No problem holding, even in this format!

9.3

Bob McDonald Delectable Pro

Dark ruby in colour - quite youthful looking for its age. Aromas of cedar and berry. Medium bodied. Quite cool flavours for a hot vintage from this Crus Bourgeois from the left bank. I would normally prefer an Aussie Cabernet to have with a steak and still do but this was acceptable if not a bit simple. Drinks to its price point.

Dark ruby in colour - quite youthful looking for its age. Aromas of cedar and berry. Medium bodied. Quite cool flavours for a hot vintage from this Crus Bourgeois from the left bank. I would normally prefer an Aussie Cabernet to have with a steak and still do but this was acceptable if not a bit simple. Drinks to its price point.

8.8

Conrad Green Delectable Pro

Fresh raspberry, plasticine, rounded pluminess with a light blood-like note. No signs of excessive heat. A little under in the mid palate, but very approachable and quite primary.

Fresh raspberry, plasticine, rounded pluminess with a light blood-like note. No signs of excessive heat. A little under in the mid palate, but very approachable and quite primary.

9.2

Palmer Emmitt Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Judge Palmer

This ‘03 is drinking great! Rich red currant and cherry fruit, beautiful underlying graphite, well-integrated chalky tannins and great balance.

This ‘03 is drinking great! Rich red currant and cherry fruit, beautiful underlying graphite, well-integrated chalky tannins and great balance.

9.2

Peter Hunken Delectable Pro

2003, pretty fine and classic, in great shape.

2003, pretty fine and classic, in great shape.

9.3

Andre Lopez Delectable Pro

Friggin' d luscious. Tasted blind and thought it was Napa. 2003 Bordeaux makes sense based on the ripeness levels.

Friggin' d luscious. Tasted blind and thought it was Napa. 2003 Bordeaux makes sense based on the ripeness levels.

9.2

James Parker Huston, CWE Delectable Pro

Sommelier Charlie Palmer

Another smoking wine for a song.

Another smoking wine for a song.

9.3

Robert Rothfield

This wine is in its drinking window...lead pencil, forest floor and balanced fruit and tannins

This wine is in its drinking window...lead pencil, forest floor and balanced fruit and tannins

9.2

Paul Jakubowski

45+ minute decant, but needs more like 2 hours for some of the harshness to dissipate. Mild nose with more fruit than the terroir I was expecting. Wine lacks depth and character. That being said it goes down like velvet and has a medium plus finish. The early harshness is a turn off and I think my expectations were too high. Not bad, but probably won’t try again.

45+ minute decant, but needs more like 2 hours for some of the harshness to dissipate. Mild nose with more fruit than the terroir I was expecting. Wine lacks depth and character. That being said it goes down like velvet and has a medium plus finish. The early harshness is a turn off and I think my expectations were too high. Not bad, but probably won’t try again.

9.1

Stanislav Lobanov

16.5/20 (90/100) Третичные ароматы на первом плане - скотный двор, кожа, чёрный перец, вяленая вишня. Довольно высокие тельность и кислотность, бархатистые танины. Во вкусе доминируют красные спелые ягоды - создаёт контраст с ароматом. #dfwe2018

16.5/20 (90/100) Третичные ароматы на первом плане - скотный двор, кожа, чёрный перец, вяленая вишня. Довольно высокие тельность и кислотность, бархатистые танины. Во вкусе доминируют красные спелые ягоды - создаёт контраст с ароматом. #dfwe2018

9.0

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