Château Sociando-Mallet, Haut-Medoc 2014
According to Jancis Robinson (Oct 2018) – its good news for those who invested in 2014 left-bank reds, “they are looking even-better now than they did en primeur”.
Jean Gautreau bought the estate in 1969 and through sheer determination (no background in wine making) turned the dilapidated estate and 5 ha of vines into a well regarded and respected property comprising of 83 hectares today. Jean died in 2019 and the estate is now managed by his daughter Sylvie.
Harvesting, sorting and winemaking is done by a plot-by-plot selection meaning that each vat can be vinified in optimum conditions with a tailor-made process. Grapes from their finest terroirs produce the grand vin, Château Sociando-Mallet. Sociando Mallet is vinified traditionally. Only native yeast and bacteria naturally present on the grapes and at the estate are used. Wine chosen for Sociando-Mallet is aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 12 months. A classic Claret, some would say, rich in fruit and firm in structure – these wine offer consistently good quality.
Wine Advocate 92 pts: “The 2014 Sociando-Mallet put in a great performance in barrel. Now in bottle, the sophistication is evident on the nose with beautifully defined black fruit tinged with cedar and graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannin, a silver bead of acidity and superb focus towards the finish. The energy here is superb and it tempts you back immediately for another sip. Probably a Sociano-Mallet that will drink young, yet there is the class to suggest it will age supremely well”