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CHATEAU SOCIANDO MALLET 2006 - Haut Medoc

£29.99

Haut Medoc Grand Cru.  A powerful and fragrant Claret with an unusual capacity for longevity.  Full bodied, rich and sumptuous.  Flavours of blueberries, blackberries and ripe raspberries with notes of cherry blossom and oak.

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
.  12.5% abv.  75cl

Thanks for the tip Nick - this is definitely a wine that punches above its weight. Fabulous discovery. Another case please. Well done
Review by: Graham Jenkins, 28/01/2013

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Haut Medoc Grand Cru.  A powerful and fragrant Claret with an unusual capacity for longevity.  Full bodied, rich and sumptuous.  Flavours of blueberries, blackberries and ripe raspberries with notes of cherry blossom and oak.

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
.  12.5% abv.  75cl

Description:
Wine Style: Full Bodied Red

Château Sociando Mallet is in the unusual situation of not being a Classed Growth when it should be. It was never entered into the Classification despite turning out wines of such quality that it out performs many that are produced by its neighbours.  The Château was purchased in 1969 by Jean Gautreau, a négociant from Lesparre, who has opted to remain out of the classification system. When Gautreau bought the Château Sociando Mallet  it was a forgotten and derelict property of vastly reduced land. However the terroir is the same band of gravel that runs beneath the vines of First Growth Château Latour and Gautreau saw the potential that others had not. The Château has benefited from 4 decades of investment and improvement and the wines have been the insider's choice for top quality wines

The chateau dates back to the 1600s and takes its name from a Basque nobleman, Sociando, and a later owner, a naval captain named Mallet. The Château and vineyards lie in the commune of Saint Seurin de Cadourne on the Left Bank, north of Saint Estèphe.

The wines are an inky purple and are one of the longest lived wines made in the Médoc.  Sociando Mallet pairs beautiful with rich gamey meats and pates as well as casseroles.  It's super with pigeon, duck, venison, beef and lamb.

Robert Parker 90 points.  "Classic aromas of black currants, graphite, powdered wet rocks, and earthy undertones compete with the intense black currant fruit present in this structured, medium to full-bodied, concentrated 2006. Always an over-achiever, Sociando Mallet is built for 20-30 years of longevity. The elegant, powerful, but backward 2006 requires patience. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025."

Recommended Food and Wine Pairing:
Good with French Comte cheese -
Comte is a mountain cheese from the Jura matured for 10 months to give depth of flavour. It has a sweet yet nutty flavour, with a firm, smooth and creamy texture and a fruity finish.




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