Château Sociando-Mallet

Château Sociando-Mallet er en ikke-klassificeret Bordeaux-vinproducent i Haut Médoc. Vingården er beliggende på venstre bred i kommunen Saint Seurin de Cadourne nord for Saint Estèphe. Til trods for, at vinene er kendte for deres høje kvalitet, er de ikke placeret i Bordeauxs officielle klassifikation af 1855, da huset ikke eksisterede på det tidspunkt. Husets ejer, Jean Gautreau, traf beslutning om ikke at indtræde i klassificeringen, hvorfor vinene heller ikke er opført blandt Médoc's Cru Bourgeois-vine.

Fra de 90 ha vinmarker beplantet med 55 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 40 % Merlot og 5 % Cabernet Franc produceres der godt 200.000 flasker årligt af 1. vinen Château Sociando-Mallet og 2. vinen La Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet og, når årgangen tillader det, den specielt blendede Jean GautreauVinstokkenes gennemsnitsalder er 30-35 år.

OBS! Ligger Saint Seurin de Cadournenord for Saint Estèphe .... eller north of Pauillac

Mere historie

Sociando-Mallet has throned on the Butte de Baleyron, one of the finest gravelly terroirs in the Médoc, since the 17th century. 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. Primarily located east of the village of Saint-Seurin, the property stretches over a total of 120 hectares, of which 83 are under vine. The vines grow on the superb Baleyron gravelly hillock around the house and winery buildings. Sun exposure is optimum and breezes off the estuary keep the vines well aired and healthy. The huge mass of water in the estuary and nearby ocean accounts for a temperate microclimate without wild swings in temperature. This corresponds to 1 metre between vine rows and a distance of 1.2 metres between plants within a row. This high density increases the surface of the leaf canopy and creates a competition between vines, conducive to the production of grapes with a high content of tannin, sugar, colour and aromas.

The wines of Sociando-Mallet are characterized by a very deep and dark colour, complex aromas of little red fruifs and a well-infegrated fine oaky touch. They are by tradition long-keeping wines. The wines are full-bodied, straight and elegant, with a lot of freshness and depth. Technical director: Vincent Faure. Cellar master: Patrice Laujac. Vineyard manager: Andre Chauliagon.

Jean Gautreau

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