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Tasting notes: The Château Sociando-Mallet 2014 has an outstanding nose: very intense blackberry and raspberry fruit, fine delineation and tension, a real humdinger! The palate is fresh and vibrant with fine tannin, plenty of grainy red berry fruit mixed with cedar and bay leaf, with great conviction on the finish.
94/100 Wine Enthusiast
'Slowly the potential of this impressive wine is coming out. It is rich, the new wood flavors blending with the ripe blackberry sweetness and tight tannins. Chocolate flavor power through this concentrated wine.'
93/100 James Suckling
'Chewy and rich with serious fruits and a nutty character. Full and long. Excellent length.'
92/100 Wine Spectator
'Fresh, with good cut to the plum and black currant fruit, showing extra tobacco and iron notes on the finish. Has a good shot of toast, but enough fruit and minerality to soak that up. Rock-solid.'
92/100 Robert Parker
'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.'
The history of the Château Sociando-Mallet dates back to the discovery of a document from March 1633 referring to noble lands in the municipality of Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne, belonging to a family of Basque origin called Sossiondo. There is also a document of 1750, relating to the vines of the Demoiselle Anne de Sossiondo. Over the years, “Sociondo” (or “Sossiondo”) has become “Sociando” as a result of a spelling error. In 1831, following the wedding of the owner with a certain Achille Mallet, the estate is named Sociando-Mallet according to the custom of adding the name of the owner to that of his Castle.
Since the 17th century, Sociando Mallet occupies the hill of Baleyron, one of the most beautiful terroirs of the Medoc. The vines are aged on average 30 years, and the maintenance of the soil is done in a traditional way. Only the essential treatments against the diseases are carried out, in order to preserve the quantity and the quality of the harvest. All the vineyards are harvested by hand and in crates by a team of 120 pickers. The parcellation allows to select the pieces of vine that will give the Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet and those who will give the great wine. The bunches arriving at the winery are sorted by hand on a treadmill. Vinification is done in a traditional way. The Château Sociando-Mallet has stainless steel vats and concrete vats, all thermo-regulated. The aging is done in entirely new French oak barrels and for about 12 months. After a total aging of 18 months, the wine is bottled at the Château.
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