Officially not a Cru Classé, Sociando-Mallet is widely considered as such, and even better than a lot of them. It shows an intense colour with complex aromas or red and black fruit, with a well-integrated oak. The wine is huge, structured, powerful and highly elegant. 2010 is one of the best vintage ever in Bordeaux, and is meant to be forgotten for a while in your cellar. It will be absolutely superb in a few years. But if you cannot wait to try a Sociando-Mallet, pick the 2007 vintage which is perfect to enjoy now.
|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Domain: Château Sociando-Mallet
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (40%), Cabernet Franc (5%)
Drink from 2020 to 2035
Open 1 hour before
Serve at 16-18°C
A lamb shanks with its gravy or any type of red meat will certainly be magnified by this amazing Bordeaux!
Soil: Gravel, limestone, clay
Age of vines: 30 years old
Maturing: 12 months in oak barrels (100% new)
|What experts say|
17 - "Blueish purple. Nose not that intense. But really rich on the front palate. Purple fruits. Not that St-Estèphe but very seductive. (I tasted this blind in a flight of St-Estèphes.) Lots entrenched here. Ambitious."
91+ -" 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."
|17 - "Profound fruit aromas, big flavours, excellent structure. 2015-2025"|
|16.5 - "Nothing extravagant for this wine with a highly elegant nose. The palate is straight and fresh, very subtle, with refined tannins, it is a must."|
|17.5 - "A big smile on our face as soon as sipping the wine, we get over excited when aromas express themselves one after the other. The structure is silky. The notes of black fruit are so elegant."|
|17.5 - "Made with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the 2010 seems strict, but with an obvious class. Tannins are tight, still strong at the moment, but they are properly ripe. Will need to be cellared for a while."|
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