Located in the appellation of Haut-Medoc overlooking the Gironde Estuary, Chateau Sociando-Mallet was first owned by an aristocrat, Sieur Sociando. When the property passed to the Mallet family in the 19th century, they added their name. Today, owner Jean Gautreau has passionately worked for 40 years to renew the estate, now covering 85 hectares of beautiful gravel terroir. Planted with 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the vines of Sociando-Mallet have an average age of 30 plus years.
A very classic wine for patient connoisseurs, Sociando Mallet makes no compromises and continues to produce one of the finest wines among non-classified estates in Haut-Medoc. Dense purple to the rim, the opaque purple-colored 2010 offers up notes of graphite, blueberry and black raspberry fruit, a hint of cassis, some licorice and wet rocks. Deep, full-bodied and almost excruciatingly tannic, this full-throttle, balls-to-the-wall style of wine needs at least 8-10 years of cellaring and should keep for three decades or more. [93+ Points, Robert Parker Jr. – February 2013, robertparker.com]