1986 Chateau Sociando Mallet 
Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
WB Rating: 86

Alcohol by volume: 12.5%
Price at time of purchase: $0.00 (Library wine)
Type: Cabernet / Bordeaux
Principal varietal(s): Cabernet blend

Cedar, smoke, cassis, and cinammon-like spice highlight this medium-bodied wine. Though many 86's were tough textured, and Sociando Mallet is routinely a long-lived wine, this is drinking nicely right now. I wouldn't be inclined to hold it any longer, though, as the tannin is getting the upper hand on the fruit and spice. Unbelievably cheap when purchased -- those were the days! Excellent wine, but lacking a level or two in complexity and extraction to make it into the 90 point range as the '85 did. - HK 2004-12-11


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