(2008 Vintage) (WA90) Performing far better from bottle than it did from cask, the full-bodied 2008 offers abundant notes of plums, blueberries and black raspberries interwoven with hints of white flowers, damp earth and background oak. This impressively endowed, muscular effort will benefit from 2-4 years of cellaring and should keep for two decades.
Chateau Sociando-Mallet (Haut-Médoc) 2008: Bright fruit here, fresh and with a little crunch too, with lots of pure Cabernet character. Good substance. Crisp, stylish, with lots of spicy extract. Substantial, moderately textured, with a fine acid core. There is a lot of good potential here. From my 2008 Bordeaux primeur assessment. 16.5-17.5+/20 (April 2009)
Wine Advocate(1995 Vintage) Rating: (89-91) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 104 on Apr-96
Wine Spectator(1995 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/98
Robert Parker(2005 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2006
Robert Parker(2011 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/21/2014