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Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in 2018 in their re-taste of the 2010 and October 2014 Bordeaux vintages (see link below).
Chateau Sociando-Mallet, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Medoc 2010 - 2018 Decanter review
This vintage was awarded 17 points - a very solid score indeed from her - by Jancis Robinson (see www.JancisRobinson.com) in 2014, with the commentary" Blueish purple. Nose not that intense. But really rich on the front palate. Purple fruits. Not that St-Estèphe but very seductive. Lots entrenched here. Ambitious".
Jean Gautreau discovered Sociando-Mallet in the village of Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne - qualifying it for the Haut-Médoc appellation - in 1969 when looking for a wine estate to buy on behalf of a Belgian client. It was love at first sight, despite the fact that the property was in a sorry state. However, the terroir was excellent and the domain afforded a magnificent view overlooking the Gironde Estuary. Jean Gautreau immediately decided to acquire it for himself for 250,000 French francs.
There were only 5 hectares of vines at the time. The buildings were in bad shape and there was no barrel cellar – just a small vat room and garage. With help and advice from Gérard Cler, a previous employee at the château, Jean Gautreau made an acceptable first vintage and a superb second one. He was helped by the fact that Sociando-Mallet's extraordinary terroir, consisting of Günz gravel with clay subsoil, is propitious to growing excellent Cabernet Sauvignon and producing wines with wonderful freshness. Jean Gautreau expanded the vineyard year after year by buying vines from his neighbours. Seeking the best possible quality, he also renovated the estate’s buildings, built a barrel cellar, and gradually improved the choice of grape varieties, matching the appropriate ones to each vineyard plot.
Today, the property is comprised of 83 hectares producing nearly 450,000 bottles a year of Château Sociando-Mallet and the second wine, Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet. Jean Gautreau sold his négociant business in 2000 and now focuses entirely on managing his wine estate.
The grapes are hand-picked and fermented in a combination of stainless steel and concrete tanks. The wines are matured in oak barriques (an unusually high proportion - 70-90% - of which are new) for 12-15 months. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Château Sociando-Mallet produces full-bodied wines with a deep, dark colour. Their complex bouquet is usually dominated by black fruit aromas with a touch of minerality and well-integrated, elegant oak. Often somewhat "virile" when young, the wines gain in balance and complexity with age. They are fresh, straightforward, and have a wonderful length.
Château Sociando-Mallet has always been a wine with great ageing potential. A wine to be enjoyed even after 30 years in great vintages: 2010 is one of those.
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc.
The classic 2010 displays everything one expects from this over-achieving Haut-Medoc. A dense purple color is followed by aromas of blueberries, black currants, graphite and crushed rocks, a layered, full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning concentration and sweet, more polished and refined tannins than are normally found in barrel samples of Sociando-Mallet. This cuvee should last for 20-30 years.
ABV = 13.5%.