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Sociando Mallet: high quality wine, low price (still exists in Bordeaux :-)

Posted by panoskakaviatos, Oct 12, 2012.


2010, 2009, 2003, 2001, 1995 and 1989
You can catch my full report with more text, photos and bit of video on my website, on vertical dinners organised in three German cities: Frankfurt, Königswinter and Berlin.
But here the tasting notes... we did not taste the 1990 or 1982, which I know well and like. For the first time, I tried the 1989, which was very fine. The 1995 was good, too, but I wonder about double decanting it too early: does it really need that much air? Anyway, you can read that in my notes below, but please be sure to check out my link, too!
Notes on the Sociando Mallet vintages: 
2010: Reflecting a certain cool climate aspect, fresh and classic yet substantial on the palate. Ripe fruit. This needs time to come together but is still in its baby phase and not yet closed down – with an excellent integration of the 100% new oak (Sociando is aged only 12 months in new oak). Did this wine shine brightest in Berlin? It came a bit out of context – immediately following the 1989 – but my, my was this utterly delicious: still in its baby primary stage (tasting like a barrel sample), the wine was fresh and deep. Just bottled between May and June this year, it will close down certainly.
2009: The elements are there to make a great wine, but it is just not quite together today. In Frankfurt, it was somewhat disjointed, with alcohol and tannin competing with each other. Certainly ripe and delicious. Needs more time. Served at the end of the meal in Berlin, I found the 2009 overshadowed by the still “baby fresh” 2010. But give this a few years, and it will prove fabulous!
2003: This was the highpoint perhaps overall – taking into account all three evenings. It seemed to be a wine of the evening in Petersberg, and a close second to the 1989 in Frankfurt – and again first in Berlin for most participants. Blackberry and cassis, with notions of menthol freshness. Juicy and crisp, too: does not have heaviness that one can get from 2003. Great wine. I found few people who did not like it. Actually, even those who preferred the 2001, agreed that the 2003 was a great success for the torrid vintage.
2001: This wine is coming together today, but may need more time to melt the tannins, which are somewhat driven by green pepper notes at this stage. I would like to see how it evolves over time – it varied as it sat in glass, firming up and tasting better with time in glass. Certainly accompanies rich meats well. It was a fine match to the rich pigeon thigh and breast in Berlin, although – again – opinions varied. Some could not bring themselves to like the green pepper notes; others loved them, including one participant who preferred it over the 2003. I am rather on the fence with the 2001. Let’s see where it goes in a few years. It was interesting to note that – like most other wines – it changed in glass, in spite of having been double decanted several hours before the dinners.
1995: Another somewhat mixed result, although I have always loved this wine in previous tastings. In Frankfurt – where it did not get as much air as it did in Petersberg – it tasted better. Full-bodied wine, broad, yet also nuanced and just beginning to enter its tertiary phase. It was more diffuse in Petersberg. In Berlin, the 1995 shined brightest, a fine match for the rich game meat filet. So this is borderline red bold, but I think one may have to be careful about not giving it too much air.
1989: This was a beauty, especially in Frankfurt, where the bottles seemed to exude a youthful precision, with tertiary aspects of leather and truffle, but also crisp and clean. A delicious Bordeaux that is a point. Overshadowed (and overcome) by the game meat filet and Macadamia in Berlin however, where the 1995 shined more brightly – again showing us that wine ratings depend so much on what you eat with the wines!


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