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 in 1855 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. When Gautreau bought the Château Sociando Mallet it was a forgotten and derelict property. 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.
Critics Scores: 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.”
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