I seem to remember Robert A telling me that this was a bit plush and glossy, which unfortunately was correct on the first night. I decanted it for four or five hours, which did nothing to dispel the excessive jamminess of the fruit. The nose was certainly very winsome, full of ripe raspberry and blackberry, without a trace of green. The raspberry and blackberry are joined on the palate by a little blueberry, all adding up to a borderline syrupy cocktail, thankfully rescued by some cooler blackcurrant midpalate, but really not my cup of tea.
I put it back in the cellar for two days, with my fingers crossed - and voilà, a new wine emerged.
Last night, the jammy flavours had receded, with the cooler blackcurrant taking over completely, leaving a much more agreeable wine - very impressive indeed in fact, close in style to a top Pauillac. Nothing remotely green still, but a slight crispness to the finish which gives it the freshness it lacked the first night.
It needs a good five years but then could become an outstanding wine. Otherwise, a very long decant is needed.
It’s been a while since I tried a 95, but it’s certainly a good wine. However, if you have never tried SM before, I would choose a 2001 to start with. The SM style is not for everyone, because of the herbaceous streak it sometimes shows, but since you like Loire reds, this should not be a problem!
The good thing about SM is that in Europe at least, it’s so easy to find at auction, thanks to the huge annual output.
Actually, for those who really dislike the green side, the 09 (and the 10) would be perfect.
I have all vintages since 1984 so reach out if you want to taste
1995 is also the first vintage of Sociando Mallet Cuvee Jean Gautreau. You should also try to seek out a few bottles of these. Quite remarkable to compare with the normal cuvee
Yes, absolutely - the perfect crossover wine from Loire to Bordeaux or vice-versa!
Again, quite agree - the Cuvée Jean Gautreau is hard to find but well worth it. WBers based in Europe should be able to get it direct from the château - I’m pretty sure they ship to any European country. Just send them an email asking for the prices. They probably still have both the 95 and the 01.