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Château Sociando-Mallet

Bordeaux wine Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc
Château Sociando-Mallet
Haut-Médoc
Rouge
1982 
Notations : 
  • Robert Parker : 90 points
  • Wine Spectator : 89 points
  • Your Cellarman :
    92 points
120.00 €
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Quantity 
Red wine
0,75 L
CARD-INDEX OF CELLAR
Area : Bordeaux
Name : Médoc / Haut-Médoc
Type : Red wine
Grape variety : Cabernet-franc, Cabernet-sauvignon, Merlot, Petit-Verdot
Structure : Dense, Length, Powerful, Rich, Sappy, Thick
Families of flavor : Chocolat, Fresh fruits, Minerals, Spices
Conservation : A boire jusqu'en 2020
Temperature of service : 16-17°
Mets/Wines agreements : Entrecôte marchand de vin, Filet mignon de chevreuil, Poularde truffée
Capacity : Bottle (0,75 L)
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Description :

Bright ruby/purple, with no lightening at the edge, this 1982 offers up aromas of pure, sweet, roasted nuts, along with mineral-laced black currants. Medium to full-bodied and structured, with high tannin and vibrant youthfulness, this wine has not evolved as much as I expected.

Château Sociando-Mallet

Château Sociando Mallet Grand Cru Classé Haut-Médoc  

When Gautreau acquired Sociando-Mallet it was a somewhat dilapidated property. It was perhaps a purchase based on a dream, rather than a more practical business plan. The vineyard had been reduced to just a few hectares of vines, and several buildings were derelict. Not only that, but Gautreau has told me that the locals thought the appended name of Mallet to be at least amusing, if not more.

But such thoughts did not deter Gautreau, who obviously had a vision of the potential of the vineyard. Those vineyards that had fallen out of use were ploughed, revealing promising gravelly soils, typical of the vineyards that run along the banks of the Gironde. Gautreau would say it is this terroir, the same band of gravel that runs beneath the vines of Latour and numerous other leading properties of the Médoc, that gives the wines of Sociando-Mallet their fine character.

The vineyard and chateau sits right on the Gironde, in the commune of St.-Seurin de Cadourne, just to the north of Saint Estephe. The vineyard is on a gravel croupe that slopes away from the buildings at the top of the estate. The varieties planted are 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, the remaining 5% part Cabernet Franc and part Petit Verdot.

The vines are planted very densely, and there is no green harvest, thus yields are high even for Bordeaux, with perhaps 80 hl/ha. The harvest is manual, and once in the cuvier the fruit is fermented in both concrete and stainless-steel vats, with temperatures up to 33°C to encourage the extraction of tannins. The wine is then macerated for three weeks, before going into oak, 100% for the grand vin, Chateau Sociando-Mallet (typically 20 000 cases per annum), although in the case of the second wine La Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet 20% goes into oak and the rest remains in cuve.

   Château Sociando Mallet Grand Cru Classé Haut-Médoc

Notes de dégustation

Robert Parker : 94 points
"Bright ruby/purple, with no lightening at the edge, this 1982 offers up aromas of pure, sweet, roasted nuts, along with mineral-laced black currants. Medium to full-bodied and structured, with high tannin and vibrant youthfulness, this wine has not evolved as much as I expected." (2000)

Wine Spectator : 91 points
"A seriously good wine in this category, but not as good as I remember. Dark red color, with an inky center. Blackberry and earth aromas. Full-bodied and rich, with berry flavors and a silky finish.--1982 Bordeaux horizontal. Drink now." (1998)


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