The wines of Sociando-Mallet are characterized by a very deep and dark color, complex aromas of little red fruits and a well-integrated find oaky finish. The wine is full-bodied, straight and elegant, with a lot of freshness and depth. The wines are also, by tradition, long-keeping wines.
International Wine Cellar
Bright red-ruby. Reticent nose hints at currant, licorice, mint and fresh herbs. Supple, sweet and spicy, with moderate ripeness and complexity. Not bad but could use more flesh and depth. Finishes with firm, slightly dry tannins. The percentage of new oak will probably be 95% rather than the usual 100%, said Faure, as the use of some used barrels toward the end of elevage will probably bring more freshness. Range: 85-88
Château Sociando-Mallet has been building its reputation since 1970, when Jean Gautreau raised standards to near Cru Classé quality. The quality of the wine continued to improve throughout the 1990s, when between 80 and 100 percent new oak became the norm.