If the old adage is true, that all the best vineyards in Bordeaux have a prime view of the Gironde, Chateau Sociando Mallet, with its unobstructed view of the water from both directions has a privileged terroir. The vineyards are situated north of the Saint Estephe appellation and in many ways share the same terroir you find in Pauillac and in St. Estephe.
The wine of Sociando Mallet is vinified in a series of temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats and a small portion of traditional cement tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat.
Chateau Sociando Mallet is aged in a combination of mostly 100% new, French oak barrels, and the remainder is aged in tanks. On average, 95% of the harvest is aged in mostly new, French oak barrels, while the remaining 5% of the harvest is aged invats for about 12 months.
The 2012 is of a dense colour, strikingly pure Cabernet cassis nose, richness of fruit and firmness of ripe tannins, a wine of real class.
90/100 Robert Parker Wine /Advocate
90/100 James Suckling