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 is overlooking banks of Gironde river, which assures no big 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 particularly Cabernet Sauvignon.
Sociando Mallet fame started in 1969 when Jean Gautreau became fascinated by soil so perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon and acquired the property. He started with only 5 ha and bad technical facilities. Through the years he enlarged vineyard by buying from neighbours and modernised the whole thing. His daughter Sylvie runs the property now together 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 absolutely try when you are in Bordeaux.
Vertical of Sociando Mallet in April 2019
2019 SOCIANDO MALLET (barrel sample) 95p
Tasted in June 2020. 55% Merlot + 43% Cabernet Sauvignon + 2% Cabernet Franc. Deep nose and palate with the scent of tobacco leaves and cigar box, 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.
2018 SOCIANDO MALLET (barrel sample) 95p
Tasted in April 2019. Powerful with fat fruit and tannin, perfectly ripe, aromatic (chocolate and cocoa powder), great precision and focus, very distinctive on the palate, dense and long, excellent structure, depth and complexity. Great, great success for the vintage! Best ever vintage for this property - I think so!!
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
Tasted in April 2019. Sensual wine with splendid concentration, complexity, structure and length. Really showing what this vintage is about!
2014 SOCIANDO MALLET 92p
Tasted in April 2019. Meaty and sappy wine with splendid acidity and complexity. Firm finish. Very typical for the property and a classic cool climate Bordeaux wine.
2013 SOCIANDO MALLET 87p
Tasted in April 2019. If you take the troublesome weather conditions in the context in this vintage, this wine understandable lacked some ripeness and had a bit jammy fruit. Light, round and charming. Quick consumption advised.
2012 SOCIANDO MALLET 89p
Tasted in April 2019. Very seductive and attractive wine with tasty with polished fruit and silky tannin. Smooth fruity finish. 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, strong structure and long aftertaste. Awesome wine.