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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
It is this harmonious blend based on the Cabernet-Sauvignon which has made the prestigious wines of Médoc so famous. Château Sociando produces full-bodied wines with a lovely deep dark colour outstanding for its special bouquet dominated, inter alia, by a delicate fragrance of raspberries. In their youth, the wines tend to be rather virile but they mature remarkably well in the typical Haut-Médoc "old-fashioned" style, that is to say wines for laying down.
These specific qualities are due, apart from the terroir, to "long" vatting and very strict selection: only grapes from vines which are at least ten years old are permitted to be included in the "Château Sociando-Mallet" denomination because it is old vines which produce great wine. Particular care is taken over ageing the wines which, as tradition requires, are allowed to mature in barrels of merrain oak until bottling, all of which is done at the château. The wines of château Sociando-Mallet have the reputation of a good classified growth.
"With a high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine has both structured and superbly rich fruit. The tannins are firm, but show a sweet, enticing edge to them, giving a full body and classic, fresh black currant acidity. An impressive wine, which definitely needs to age—five years or more."
"Classic aromas of black currants, graphite, powdered wet rocks, and earthy undertones compete with the intense black currant fruit present in this structured, medium to full-bodied, concentrated 2006. Always an over-achiever, Sociando Mallet is built for 20-30 years of longevity. The elegant, powerful, but backward 2006 requires patience. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright ruby-red. Currant, black cherry, licorice, pepper, fresh herbs and a mineral component on the nose. Muscular, slightly inky and penetrating, but not at all an outsized wine for Sociando in spite of its lurking power. Finishes youthfully tight, even a bit tough, with plenty of tongue-dusting tannins and a peppery element. This has put on weight since the last time I tasted it and may yet gain in sweetness with five or six years of bottle aging."
International Wine Cellar
Château Sociando-Mallet has been building its reputation since 1970, when Jean Gautreau raised standards to near Cru Classé quality. The quality of the wine continued to improve throughout the 1990s, when between 80 and 100 percent new oak became the norm.
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