2018 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note


2018 Château Sociando-Mallet  (Haut-Médoc) 93

Clearly, a contender for the best wine ever produced here. Even though it is an infant, it is hard not to enjoy the cornucopia of ripe, red berries, black plums and blackberries that come along with a judicious dose of new French oak, tobacco leaf, fresh herbs, cigar box and cedar. The wine has a solid depth of flavor and a long, chewy blast of ripe red fruits in the endnote. The wine is also bottled with a special, commemorative, one-time-only, black and gold label, celebrating 50 years of ownership by the Gautreau family. 93 Points

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Tobacco leaf, cigar wrapper, fresh herbs and black currant create the core of the wine. Full-bodied, powerful, tannic and juicy, the fruit and tannins are ripe, there is a roundness to the texture coupled with density and flesh to the fruit that really shines this year. 92-94 Pts

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When to Drink Chateau Sociando Mallet, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Sociando Mallet needs time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2-3 hours. This helps the wine soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Sociando Mallet is usually better with at least 8-10 years or more of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character.

Chateau Sociando Mallet offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 8-25 years of age after the vintage.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Sociando Mallet with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Sociando Mallet is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine of Chateau Sociando Mallet is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.

Chateau Sociando Mallet is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

Chateau Sociando Mallet is one of the most popular Cru Bourgeois Classified Bordeaux wines. Until recently, Sociando Mallet had a reputation for selling their wine at low prices.

Due to high demand, that is no longer the case. The wine of Sociando Mallet has a distinctive rustic, brawny, classic and sometimes herbaceous style that appeals to some tasters more than others.