The 2020 Sociando Mallet has a beautifully defined and focused bouquet of intense blackberry, briar and wilted iris petal aromas; hints of boysenberry jam linger offstage. The medium-bodied palate features fine-boned tannins and predominantly black fruit. Very saline and sappy, with a dash of pepper on the aftertaste. This is a typical Sociando Mallet, full of grace and power. Drinking range: 2027 - 2045 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2021)
75cl bottles (wood case of 12)
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53% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc) 90% new oak for 12 months 14% alc 42 hL/ha Harvested between 14th – 30th September There is an overriding sense of calm in 2020 Sociando-Mallet and it arrives the very first moment the perfume settles on your senses and lasts until the ‘full stop’ on the finish minutes later. This is a compact, finely-assembled wine with a deep, resonant core of black fruit and the oak, which includes a mighty percentage of new barrels, is carefully sprinkled from the start all of the way to the finish so it keeps up the tension and the poise without ever overstepping the mark. The tannins are exceedingly discreet but they are certainly present, energetic and well-drilled. What I really like about this vintage is that in among the swathes of black fruit there are flashes of wild red berries and darker purple tones and this is not surprising given that Merlot leads the way. This is a seriously detailed wine that is wrapped up in a ball right now, but it has a stunning future ahead of it and I don’t doubt it will retain its innate and impressive calmness every step of the way. Rating: 18-20 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (May 2021)
Attractive spicy nose, plenty of Médoc character with layers of tannins. There is punch and personality here, and within the vintage it definitely has plenty to offer. Not as much depth as in certain vintages for sure, but this has depth, needs time to soften in the glass. Well made and well balanced with good potential for ageing. Touches of violet on the finish although acidities are pretty high. A yield of 42hl/ha. Drinking range: 2027 - 2044 Rating: 92 Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
Château Sociando Mallet
The first village as you travel north out of Saint Estèphe is Saint-Suerin-de-Cadourne, home to a small cluster of cru bourgeois, not the least of which is Château Sociando-Mallet commanding fine views over the River Gironde to the east of the village. In the early 17th Century it was the estate of a Basque family called Sossiondo, the other half of the name coming from naval captain Achille Mallet who married the owner in 1831. As with many Bordeaux estates, the late 19th and early 20th Centuries were not kind to Sociando-Mallet, so when local merchant Jean Gautreau happened upon it in 1969 it was in a sorry estate. Realising the potential, Jean bought the estate and owns it to this day. With only 5ha under vine, no cellar and the buildings in decay he had a lot to do. Vineyards were replanted, and plots were purchased from neighbours – today Sociando-Mallet, on various plots around the village spreads to 85ha – and the château and winery were refurbished and restored. The amount of Merlot in the blend has slowly risen over the years and now accounts for 47% of the vineyard alongside 48% Cabernet Sauvignon with a little Cabernet Franc; average vine age about 30 years. The wines of Sociando-Mallet were once relatively under-priced but demand for the wine has risen as more people have come to know it, although being from outside the famous Haut-Médoc villages and the 1855 classification keeps the price under some control. Quite robust wines.
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