Sunday, March 12, 2006

Demoiselle de Sociando Mallet, 1998 and 2000

I love the wine from Sociando Mallet. I remember trying a bottle of the 2000 and wondering whether this was the best wine I had ever tasted! That is probably an exaggeration, but Sociando Mallet is one of those Bordeaux properties that produce excellent wine year after year, and you are not charged an arm and a leg for it. The vineyards provide a traditional Bordeaux blend with Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (25%) and Petit Verdot (5%). The grapes are fermented in stainless steel and concrete tanks and finished with oak, and much of it is new, which leads to initially tannic and long-lasting wines. I try to get hold of at least some wine from this property every single year.

Demoiselle de Sociando Mallet is the second label of Sociando Mallet, and its wine is also consistently excellent so I was delighted yesterday when Dr. M arrived with a bottle of the 2000 when he came to dinner. First we had the bottle of the 2000. The color was beautiful -- a dark, clear ruby color. The blend was well integrated, and you could still taste the vanilla overtones from the oak. With its wonderful long lingering finish, this is an excellent wine.

i had a bottle of the 1998 lying around in my cellar, and thought it would be a great opportunity to compare it with the delightful 2000. But the 1998 was a different story altogether. First, the color bothered me. It had been well stored in my cellar practically from "birth." Yet, this wine was a brownish, muddy, color without the clarity of the 2000. It was drinkable, but definitely a let down after the 2000. The taste was a little harsh, and there was something a bit weedy about this wine. It definitely seemed "over a hill" that it might have never even climbed. A disappointment!


Anonymous said...

Hi There,
I live in Ireland and I just got back from my biannual trip to France to buy wine. I bought 3 bottles of the 2004 Demoiselle de Sociando Mallet. Your website was the first site I found by typing the name of the wine into Google. Based on your comments I might not taste the wine for about a year and see how its going.Incidentally, my brother enjoys his wine too and he lives in of all places...Columbia, Maryland!

Moyey said...


That is so interesting! Actually, I was thinking about Sociando Mallet a lot this weekend. On Friday, we had the 2000 of the leading wine -- it left me wondering whether this was the best wine I have ever tasted. I will try and post a review of it this week.

Let me know if you are ever in Columbia, and we can have a glass together!