Cru Bourgeois wine of splendid quality and often rivalling classified growths!

Sociando Mallet

 

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Cellars of Sociando Mallet in April 2019

Sociando Mallet is situated in the village Saint Seurin-de-Cadourne, less than five kilometres north of Saint Estephe and outside its appellation. This property bears appellation Haut-Medoc and is 120 ha big, of which 88 ha are in production. The soil here is gravel on the deep bed of clay and limestones. This is a typical soil condition for Saint-Estephe properties and close neighbouring ones. The microclimate here is perfect, as Sociando Mallet overlooks Gironde river banks, which assures no significant temperature fluctuation and protection from frost.

The vIneyard here is planted with 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 54% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc, vines are 35 years old on average. The soil here favours Cabernet Sauvignon particularly.

Sociando Mallet fame started in 1969 when Jean Gautreau became fascinated by soil so perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon and acquired it. He started with only 5 ha and inadequate technical facilities. Through the years, he enlarged the vineyard by buying from neighbours and modernised the whole thing. His daughter Sylvie runs the property now with the recently appointed property manager Francois Hugueniot and sales manager Pascale Thiel.

Sociando Mallet has a large following among wine lovers because of its special style and affordable prices. It's of Cru Bourgeois status. From time to time, it can challenge several Cru Classes in Margaux, St.Julien, Pauillac and Saint-Estephe.

For sure, it's a wine you should try when you are in Bordeaux.

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Vertical of Sociando Mallet in April 2019

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2020 SOCIANDO MALLET (barrel sample) 94-95p

53% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc. 14% alcohol. Sublimely aromatic with dark berries and mint, creamy on the palate, more elegance than usual, great precision and focus, excellent structure, depth and complexity. It gives several classified growths in Haut Medoc run for their money. Tasted in April 2021.

2019 SOCIANDO MALLET (barrel sample) 95p 

 55% Merlot + 43% Cabernet Sauvignon + 2% Cabernet Franc. Deep nose and palate with tobacco leaves and cigar box scent, intermixed with creamy blackcurrants and blackberries. Very potent on the palate with depth, strong backbone and great complexity and balance. Fat tannins and fat creamy finish. It matches in every corner 2018 version and may show even better after bottling. Tasted in June 2020.

2018 SOCIANDO MALLET 95p 

Tasted twice - last time in January 2021. Consistent motes.  55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Black label instead of usual white one to celebrate the 50th vintage made by Jean GautreauDensely aromatic with dark berries and some mint, creamy on the palate with strong backbone, great precision and focus, dense and long, excellent structure, depth and complexity. As thrilling as from barrel. It gives several classified growths run for their money. 

2018 CUVÉE JEAN GAUTREAU 95+p

Tasted in January 2021. 70 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 30 % Merlot. This wine is a unique selection of 15 barrels out of 60 produced in this vintage. After a one-year stay in the barrel, these 15 barrels' choice is made after a 1-year stay in the barrel by the property's oenologist, Jean Gautreau (he passed away in November 2019) and his daughter Sylvie Gautreau. This special cuvée has more Cabernet Sauvignon than Grand Vin and is intended to show another version of Grand Vin by mixing these 15 barrels. To avoid confusion between Grand Vin and this cuvée, the bottle here is brown and taller and has another neck shape. The wine itself, then? Very similar to Grand Vin but tastes denser and fatter with some more intense flavour of cigar box and tobacco leaf. For sure, it's remarkably stupendous stuff! 

2017 SOCIANDO MALLET 2017 (barrel sample) 91-92p

Tasted in April 2019. Silky texture, velvety fruit and tannin, elegance and finesse. Lighter than 2018 and 2016. A delicacy to enjoy.

2016 SOCIANDO MALLET 93-94p

Sensual wine with splendid concentration, complexity, structure and length. Showing what this vintage is about! Tasted in April 2019.

2014 SOCIANDO MALLET 92p

Meaty and sappy wine with splendid acidity and complexity. Firm finish. Very typical for the property and a classic cool climate Bordeaux wine. Tasted in April 2019.

2013 SOCIANDO MALLET 87p

Tasted in April 2019. This wine understandable lacked some ripeness and had a bit jammy fruit if you take the troublesome weather conditions in this vintage context. Light, round and charming. Quick consumption advised.

2012 SOCIANDO MALLET 89p

Very seductive and attractive wine with tasty with polished fruit and silky tannin. Smooth fruity finish. Tasted in April 2019. To enjoy now and 10 years more.

1982 SOCIANDO MALLET 93p

Tasted in December 2007. Dense, black-red, incredibly concentrated with glorious blackcurrant fruit, powerful tannins, firm structure and long aftertaste. Awesome wine.

Latest news

I'll be visiting Bordeaux next month (November) after two years of absence. 12 days in Bordeaux and some incredibly interesting visits have been arranged!

1. A full report on the 2020 vintage tasted from the barrel is now available with approximately 500 tasted samples. (since June 2021).  Please check out chapter "2020 FROM BARREL" in "VINTAGES".

2. A full report on the 2018 vintage in the bottle is available with approximately 500 tasted wines (since April 2021). Please check out chapter "2018 IN BOTTLE" in "VINTAGES".

3. A full report on the 2019 vintage tasted from the barrel (300+ tasted samples) is available (July 2020). Please check out chapter "2019" in "VINTAGES".

The planned addition of a property profile during winter 2021/2022 is Angelus.

The Burgundy blog in the News chapter is a new feature, which includes impressions from tastings/tasting dinners attended since November 2018. It will also include impressions on tasted wines from Beaujolais' best winegrowers. Believe me that Beaujolais Crus are in the spotlight right now because of incredibly ambitious owners/winemakers! I recently came across some terrific Beaujolais wines and will go deeper into exploring this wine area in January and February 2022.

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