2005 Chateau Sociando Mallet

2005 Chateau Sociando Mallet

2005 Chateau Sociando Mallet

Haut medoc, Bordeaux, France, 750ml
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It’s hard not to admire the brilliant Jean Gautreau, who has run this great terroir and estate (just to the north of St-Estèphe’s Château Montrose) with meticulous perfection for decades. The 2005 is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. Offering beautifully sweet crème de cassis and blueberries, this is concentrated essence of blue and black fruits, with some underlying minerality, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning texture, length and purity. This is superb Sociando Mallet, with surprisingly sweet tannin, which is even more remarkable in this vintage of high and occasionally hard tannins. Give it another 4-5 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 30 years. Robert Parker
  • Decant Time: 2 hours
  • Taste: cassis, blackberry, earth, tobacco, herbs, minerality, oak
  • Food Matching: grilled red meats, roast lamb, aged cheeses, earthy vegetable stews
  • Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon : 55%, Merlot : 40%, Cabernet Franc : 5%,


Tasting note


The 2005 Chateau Sociando-Mallet is a testament to the meticulous care of Jean Gautreau's management. This Haut-Medoc wine, with its deep, dark color, unfolds a complex bouquet dominated by black fruit aromas, a touch of minerality, and elegantly integrated oak. The palate reveals a powerful yet refined structure, brimming with cassis, blackberry, earthy undertones, tobacco, and herbs. The tannins, though robust, are surprisingly sweet, promising a wine that will continue to evolve gracefully. Decant for two hours to fully appreciate its stunning texture and length. Enjoy this full-bodied wine's freshness and straightforward character, which culminates in a wonderfully long finish.

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