Château Sociando Mallet 2000

Bordeaux
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£54.95 per bottle
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This is a beautiful wine and certainly one of the great sleepers of the vintage. I originally predicted that this wine would be at full maturity between 2007 and 2028, but I would push that back by a good 4-5 years. Still inky/purple, with notes of acacia flowers intermixed with wet rocks, black currants, and blueberries, the wine is full-bodied, displays no real evidence of any oak, and offers up terrific concentration, texture, and length. For those who bought this beauty at $30-35 when it was available, this was a terrific buy, and it should continue to evolve for 20+ years.

Taste & Aroma

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This is a beautiful wine and certainly one of the great sleepers of the vintage. I originally predicted that this wine would be at full maturity between 2007 and 2028, but I would push that back by a good 4-5 years. Still inky/purple, with notes of acacia flowers intermixed with wet rocks, black currants, and blueberries, the wine is full-bodied, displays no real evidence of any oak, and offers up terrific concentration, texture, and length. For those who bought this beauty at $30-35 when it was available, this was a terrific buy, and it should continue to evolve for 20+ years.

Robert Parker on Jun 1st, 2010

Producer

Château Sociando Mallet is located in the commune of Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne north of Saint-Estèphe appellation. The estate was bought in 1969 by a négociant from Lesparre named Jean Gautreau, when it was in a derelict state.   Since then, the estate has been modernised and the number of vineyards has increased from just 7 hectares to 57 hectares today. The grapes are hand-picked before fermenting in a mix of stainless steel and concrete vats. Jean Gautreau says ‘I have a superb terroir which I want to express in the wine. I try to make a classic Médoc for long keeping.’ The Château produces an average of 20,000 cases of the Grand Vin per year, and the winery also produces a second wine named La Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet.

Region

Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand. 

Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.

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