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

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

Michael Genn

Still youthful! Incredibly balanced

Still youthful! Incredibly balanced

9.4

Jean-Philip Journeault

2003

2003

9.1

Rick Zywotko

Drinking wonderfully! Classics Bordeaux with dark fruits, smoke, and earthy flavors! Still has tannins left, so could last a while longer, which is good for future bottles! Starting the 4th a little early!

Drinking wonderfully! Classics Bordeaux with dark fruits, smoke, and earthy flavors! Still has tannins left, so could last a while longer, which is good for future bottles! Starting the 4th a little early!

9.3

Christen Plotkin

Cedar, cloves/spices, cherry. Subtle and good!

Cedar, cloves/spices, cherry. Subtle and good!

9.0

Michael Genn

Cherry, slight hints of cassis with nice acidity. Drinking great right now.

Cherry, slight hints of cassis with nice acidity. Drinking great right now.

9.6

Tanja Yokum

Sociando-Mallet '03, lovely and fresh, great with Poulard de Bresse à la crème. At Au Petit Relais.

Sociando-Mallet '03, lovely and fresh, great with Poulard de Bresse à la crème. At Au Petit Relais.

9.0

Anna Pavlova

Wonderful vintage

Wonderful vintage

9.2