Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Chateau Sociando-Mallet Haut Medoc, 1985

Most critics agree that Sociando-Mallet has been making classed growth wine at least since the late 1970s. Although the price has risen considerably since I purchased this 1985, it is always an excellent value.

Deep burnished ruby./ Flowers, herbs, currants and cherries--very fragrant. Definitely herbaceous, leaning toward the green side of Merlot and Cabernet Franc but not extreme or unattractive. It's all part of the personality of Sociando-Mallet. Strong fruit presence but with a restraint and reserve typical of good Bordeaux. Very different from the 1985 Mondavi Cabernet tasted alongside it. Both were good; I think I preferred the Mondavi. But on another day with another meal, I might choose the Sociando-Mallet.

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