2016 Chateau Sociando Mallet Haut MedocBlend from France
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"Sociando-Mallet has cult status in France. It is easy to see why. This Haut-Médoc has operated at the level of the Classified Growths for many years and is renowned for its pu...
- 92-94 Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 94 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 94 Michel Bettane - Bettane et Desseauve
- 91+ Antonio Galloni - Vinous
92-94 Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2016 Sociando-Mallet has a refulgent purple/black color. It has a very intense and rich, you might say "ambitious" bouquet with layers of small black cherries, blueberry and a touch of sloes, less tertiary than previous vintages and certainly more opulent. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe tannin that almost disguise the firm structure underneath. I admire the completeness of this Sociando-Mallet, the neatly embroidered new oak and the freshness on the finish. The 2015 Sociando-Mallet did not fire on all cylinders last year, but this 2016 is totally convincing. It comes highly recommended as one of the best wines produced at this estate in the northern Médoc. This is an outstanding wine from Mon. Gartreau."
94 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"Dark-berry and currant aromas with hints of spice. Medium body, firm and chewy tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Shows focus and seriousness for the appellation, as is usual from this producer. Better after 2022."
94 Michel Bettane - Bettane et Desseauve
Harmonious, complex, long, more successful and precise than in previous years, even for 2010 and 2014..." --Michel Bettane
91+ Antonio Galloni - Vinous
"The 2016 Sociando Mallet is a wine of real depth and power. My feeling is that the 2016 will need at least a few years to be at its very best. Even so, the wine's complexity and overall pedigree are impossible to miss. Plum, lavender, chocolate and spice add striking layers of nuance. This is a very strong showing from Sociando Mallet."
"Sociando-Mallet has cult status in France. It is easy to see why. This Haut-Médoc has operated at the level of the Classified Growths for many years and is renowned for its purity, concentration and longevity. In many ways this wine behaves more like a great St Estèphe, such as Château Calon Ségur or even Château Montrose, not surprising when you realise that Sociando-Mallet neighbours the St Estephe commune and has vineyards overlooking the Gironde. Jean Gautreau is the estate’s uncompromising owner." --Importer
"Sociando-Mallet has throned on the Butte de Baleyron, one of the finest gravelly terroirs in the Médoc, since 1633! Situated in the commune of Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne, north of Pauillac, the vineyard overlooks the Gironde estuary on a bend in the river.
Sociando-Mallet's terroir consists of Günz gravel over a deep layer of clay-limestone soil. This terroir perfectly regulates water supply and enables Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen extremely well and Merlot to acquire depth and complexity. This terroir is Sociando's soul. It provides the wine with complex structure, freshness, and elegance.
We never do de-leafing at Sociando-Mallet. We feel that the vine needs a large foliar surface to produce enough sugar in the grapes, and also to protect the bunches from the sun's rays. Green harvesting is not done either, out of respect for Nature's gift and the fruit of the winegrowers' work.Yields are regulated exclusively by winter pruning.
The grape harvest lasts about 3 weeks. The order of picking depends on the grape variety, the age of the vines, and the specific plot.
Once brought to the cellar, the bunches are sorted by hand on a conveyor belt to eliminate matter other than grapes as well as any imperfect fruit. The grapes are then de-stemmed, gently crushed, and sent into the vats, making sure not to mix grape varieties or grapes from different plots.
This plot-by-plot selection means that each vat can be vinified in optimum conditions with a tailor-made process. Grapes from the finest terroirs produce the grand vin." -Winery
92-94 - Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
94 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
94 - Michel Bettane - Bettane et Desseauve
91+ - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
|Varietal(s)||Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc|
|Taste||currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast, tar, blackberry, cherry, asparagus, spice, ginger, vanilla, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper and green bean|
|Nose||violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, tobacco, broccoli, berry and flower|