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Ch. Sociando Mallet 2003

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Wine Name and Vintage Ch. Sociando Mallet 2003
Region and Country Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
Classifications Denied for classification
Wine Type Red
Grape varieties/blend Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (40%), Cabernet Franc (5%)
Time of Maturing 18 months, 100% new oak for 12 months
Alcohol 13% by volume
Size 0.75L
Drinking dates 2011 - 2036
Food Match Poultry, veal and rabbit
Rating 2010 - RP91-93
Wine expert/critic : 2009 - RP90-92+
RP=Robert Parker, USA 2008 - RP90
NM= Neal Martin, USA 2007 - JR15.5 WS85-88
ST=Stephen Tanzer 2006 - RP90
JR=Janice Robinson, UK 2005 - RP91+
JS=James Suckling, USA 2004 - RP90
Publishing Media 2003 - RP94 JR17.5
WA=Wine Advocate, USA 2002 - RP89
WS=Wine Spectator, USA 2001 - RP93
WE=Wine Enthusiast, USA 2000 - RP92
IWC=Int'l Wine Cellar 1999 - RP89
D=Decanter, UK 1998 - RP88
1997 - RP87
1996 - RP90


Tasting Note This has always been the insider's choice for top quality wine that will easily withstand two decades of cellaring. Besides its concentrated fruit, low acidity, high but sweet tannin and an overall impression of freshiness, Sociando Mallet always performs at classified-growth quality levels and yet at very affordable price.

WA (Apr 2005) - "Sociando Mallet is the poster child for what cru bourgeois estate can achieve. This is a wine that is consistently of classified-growth quality and also one of the longest lived wines made in the Medoc. An exceptional vintage for Sociando-Mallet, 2003 has produced a spectacularly concentrated, inky blue/purple-colored wine with an extraordinary nose of blackberries, raspberries, some white flowers, and a hint of lead pencil shavings. The wine is powerful, extremely full-bodied, quite tannic, and seriously endowed. This is stunning wine that is rich, riveting effort for the vintage and, as I wrote last year, probably a mordern-day version of a hypothetical blend of a 1970 and 1982. - RP"

About the Winery Situated on what was in 1633 the residence of a Basque nobleman named Sievre Sociando, the vineyard and chateau sits right on the Gironde, in the commune of St.-Seurin de Cadourne, just to the north of St. Estephe. Despite its reputation to produce classified-growth quality wine, it was neither ranked in the Bordeaux Wine Official classification of 1855, not existing at the time, nor is it listed among Medoc's Cru Bourgeois due to a decision of its owner not to enter it for such classification. In 1850, the estate was acquired by Madame Mallet and subsequently in 1969 by Jean Gautreau and since then the estate and the facilities have been upgraded to modern winery.

The property consists of 85 hectares (225 acres) planted with 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% part Cabernet Franc and part Petit Verdot. This great estate, with subsoil nearly identical to that of Pauillac, fashions structured and massive wines that often require eight to ten years of aging. Average age of the vines is 30 years. Annual production 24,000 cases of Ch. Sociando Mallet plus its second wine Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet.

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