This cru bourgeois from one of Bordeaux's lesser regions could blow a lot of classed growths out of the water. It's the same age as Lindsay Lohan and just about as immature, although not as blowsy, as Ms Lohan. Of course, immaturity at age 21 is a much more desirable characteristic in wine than people.
The color is still a remarkably deep ruby, even out to the rim. The bouquet was modest on opening, but evolved into an intriguing mix of dark fruits, leather, and cedar. The palate likewise evolved as the wine breathed, moving from intense fruit (blueberries and red currants) to a classic claret mix of dark fruit, leather, tobacco, and cedar. This wine has plenty of tannins left and probably has a couple of decades of life ahead. Indeed, I expect it won't reach full maturity at least until it turns 30, after which it will cruise for quite a while. To drink now, decant at least one hour before service to let it develop fully.
Given the Sociando-Mallet's youthfulness, intense fruit, richness, and over-the-top intensity, in a blind tasting I likely would have said it was a 10-year old Napa cabernet. Fans of the austere style of claret likely would regard all that as a fault, but I find this wine to be very fine. Grade: A