Château Sociando Mallet

94 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
91 points - The Wine Advocate
89 points - The Wine Advocate
90 points - The Wine Advocate
87 points - The Wine Advocate
89 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
Château Sociando Mallet - 2014 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Château Sociando Mallet

94 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
91 points - The Wine Advocate
89 points - The Wine Advocate
90 points - The Wine Advocate
87 points - The Wine Advocate
89 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
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The 2016 Sociando-Mallet has a refulgent purple/black color. It has a very intense and rich, you might say "ambitious" bouquet with layers of small black cherries, blueberry and a touch of sloes, less tertiary than previous vintages and certainly more opulent. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe tannin that almost disguise the firm structure underneath. I admire the completeness of this Sociando-Mallet, the neatly embroidered new oak and the freshness on the finish. The 2015 Sociando-Mallet did not fire on all cylinders last year, but this 2016 is totally convincing. It comes highly recommended as one of the best wines produced at this estate in the northern Médoc. This is an outstanding wine from Mon. Gautreau.
The 2014 Sociando-Mallet put in a great performance in barrel. Now in bottle, the sophistication is evident on the nose with beautifully defined black fruit tinged with cedar and graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannin, a silver bead of acidity and superb focus towards the finish. The energy here is superb and it tempts you back immediately for another sip. Probably a Sociano-Mallet that will drink young, yet there is the class to suggest it will age supremely well.
Whether it is due to the vintage or to Gautreau, the ferocity of the tannins in many 2011 Medocs seems relatively tame, but there is no lacking concentration in this wine, which is clearly of classified growth quality. It boasts a dense purple color along with abundant notes of creme de cassis, crushed rocks and spring flowers. Medium-bodied and super-rich, it is a real revelation in a vintage such as 2011. Given its precociousness and silky tannins, it can be drunk in 2-3 years, or cellared for two decades.
Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Sociando-Mallet charges out of the gate with open-knit, maturing scents of baked blackberries, warm cassis and plum preserves followed by notes of sandalwood, cedar chest and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a firm, grippy texture and bold freshness supporting the evolved, slightly drying fruit, finishing a bit chewy.
This uncompromising property has turned out a backward, forbiddingly tannic wine that, even in this very opulent and flamboyant vintage, will need a minimum of 10-15 years of cellaring yet keep for 40 or more years. Opaque black/purple, with notes of crushed rock, white flowers, graphite, blueberry and cassis, the wine is tight and needs to be coaxed from the glass. It is medium to full-bodied, with an excruciatingly tough-textured finish. Everything is here, and the wine is set for a long life, but it is not the least bit charming and certainly won’t be for at least another decade.
The 2007 Sociando-Mallet has a pleasing sense of mineralité and delineation on the nose: nicely focused with attractive rose petal scents. The palate is brisk on the entry with rigid tannin, quite savory with a gravelly, masculine and tobacco finish. It's a little rough around the edges, but it should drink well for the next 5-7 years.
The 2006 Château Sociando Mallet displayed a lifted and sprightly bouquet with black fruit, scorched earth, fresh mint and smoky aromas - quasi-Pauillac in style. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and a keen line of acidity, fresh in the mouth with a saline tincture towards the composed finish. There is impressive freshness here, not overly complex for sure, but it conveys energy. Drink now and over the next decade.
This is a beautiful wine and certainly one of the great sleepers of the vintage. I originally predicted that this wine would be at full maturity between 2007 and 2028, but I would push that back by a good 4-5 years. Still inky/purple, with notes of acacia flowers intermixed with wet rocks, black currants, and blueberries, the wine is full-bodied, displays no real evidence of any oak, and offers up terrific concentration, texture, and length.
Type:
Red
Country:
France
Region:
Bordeaux
Appellation:
Haut-Médoc
Producer:
Chateau Sociando Mallet
Grapes/Blend:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Serving temp:
16° - 18° C
Pairing Sugesstions:
Beef, Lamb, Game Birds, Duck, Charcuterie and Cured Meats, Hard Cheeses

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Chateau Sociando Mallet

Chateau Sociando Mallet

Chateau Sociando Mallet is a renowned wine producer located in the Haut-Medoc region of Bordeaux, France. The estate has a rich history dating back to the 17th century...

Chateau Sociando Mallet is a renowned wine producer located in the Haut-Medoc region of Bordeaux, France. The estate has a rich history dating back to the 17th century when it was owned by the Sociando family. In 1850, the property was purchased by a wealthy merchant named Mallet, who added his name to the estate.

The vineyards of Chateau Sociando Mallet cover 85 hectares and are planted with a variety of grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The estate is known for its traditional winemaking techniques, which involve hand-harvesting the grapes and fermenting them in oak barrels.

The wines produced by Chateau Sociando Mallet are known for their elegance, complexity, and aging potential. The flagship wine of the estate is the Chateau Sociando Mallet, which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. This wine is aged in oak barrels for 12 to 18 months and is known for its deep ruby color, aromas of black fruit and spices, and firm tannins.

In addition to the Chateau Sociando Mallet, the estate also produces a second wine called La Demoiselle de Sociando Mallet. This wine is made from younger vines and is aged in oak barrels for 12 months. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc and is known for its fruity aromas and soft tannins.

Chateau Sociando Mallet is a producer that is highly regarded by wine critics and enthusiasts alike. The estate has received numerous accolades over the years, including being named one of the "Top 100 Wines of the Year" by Wine Spectator magazine. The wines of Chateau Sociando Mallet are a testament to the rich history and winemaking traditions of the Bordeaux region.

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Bordeaux

Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world's most famous, prestigious and prolific wine regions. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90...
Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world's most famous, prestigious and prolific wine regions. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90 percent of production volume) are the dry, medium- and full-bodied red Bordeaux Blends that established its reputation.

The finest (and most expensive) of these are the wines from the great châteaux of the Haut-Médoc and the Right Bank appellations Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. The former is focused (at the top level) on Cabernet Sauvignon, the latter pair on on Merlot.

The legendary reds are complemented by high-quality white wines based on Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. These range from dry whites to challenge the best from the Burgundy region (Pessac-Léognan is particularly renowned) to the sweet, botrytized nectars of Sauternes.
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Haut-Médoc

Haut-Médoc

Haut-Médoc is a wine appellation located in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, France. The region is known for producing some of the finest red wines in the world,...

Haut-Médoc is a wine appellation located in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, France. The region is known for producing some of the finest red wines in the world, and Haut-Médoc is no exception. The appellation covers a total area of 4,500 hectares, and is home to some of the most prestigious châteaux in Bordeaux.

The history of Haut-Médoc dates back to the 17th century, when Dutch merchants drained the marshy land and planted vineyards. The region was officially recognized as an appellation in 1936, and has since become synonymous with high-quality Bordeaux wines.

The style of production in Haut-Médoc is traditional, with a focus on blending different grape varieties to create complex and balanced wines. The dominant grape variety in the region is Cabernet Sauvignon, which is typically blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. The wines are aged in oak barrels for up to 18 months, which adds complexity and depth to the final product.

The soils in Haut-Médoc are diverse, with a mix of gravel, sand, and clay. This diversity allows for a range of different wine styles, from full-bodied and tannic to elegant and refined. The wines from Haut-Médoc are known for their structure, complexity, and aging potential.

Some of the most famous châteaux in Haut-Médoc include Château Margaux, Château Latour, and Château Mouton Rothschild. These wines are highly sought after by collectors and wine enthusiasts around the world, and can command prices in the thousands of pounds per bottle.

In addition to these prestigious châteaux, there are also many smaller producers in Haut-Médoc who are producing high-quality wines at more affordable prices. These wines may not have the same cachet as the top châteaux, but they offer excellent value for money and are a great way to explore the diversity of the region.

Overall, Haut-Médoc is a region that is steeped in history and tradition, and produces some of the finest wines in the world. Whether you are a collector, a connoisseur, or simply a lover of good wine, Haut-Médoc is a region that should not be missed.

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