Some believe that the gravelly terroir beneath Sociando Mallet is the same ridge that emerges under Latour and Leoville Las Cases; certainly, the wines have a wonderful mineral edge to them. The 2009 is very impressive, offering an extraordinary bouquet of liquid minerals, cigar box, heady hedgerow fruit, redcurrants, pencil shavings, high toned berries and molten rocks. Dense and very impressive, this was likened to Pichon Lalande by one of our team. It is exceptionally fine, polished and beautifully structured; a graceful Sociando Mallet.
Sociando Mallet is sometimes described as the Latour of the northern Medoc. The same ridge of gravel that runs through Leoville Las Cases and Latour reappears further up the Gironde estuary just to the north of St Estephe, underneath Sociando. This meticulously run estate has been producing wines of Cru Classé level for many years now, so sadly it is not priced like most Cru Bourgeois... However, if you are looking for serious, mineral Claret with long-term aging potential and Pauillac class (but not the price tag), then look no further.
The Haut Medoc is a sub region of the Medoc, which covers some 4,643 hectares and incorporates communes such as St Estephe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux. Given the size of this appellation, there are a variety of different terroirs including clay, chalk and gravel. Most famous estates within the Haut Medoc defer to their more specific appellations, however, there are five classified growths that belong to the generic Haut Medoc AOC, The most famous being La Lagune and Cantemerle. Jean Gautreau’s Sociando Mallet is another noteworthy Haut Medoc estate.