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Chateau Sociando-Mallet Cuvee Jean Gautreau Haut-Medoc 2003  - First Bottle

Technical Details

  • Blend55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBordeaux
  • AppellationHaut-Medoc
  • Alcohol13.5%

Chateau Sociando-Mallet Cuvee Jean Gautreau Haut-Medoc 2003

Bordeaux Blends  |  France

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Jean Gautreau worked as a negociant and later started his own firm in the late 1950s. Later he started a mobile bottling service in Bordeaux and eventually bought Sociando Mallet in 1969. Since then, the estate has had a complete makeover and expanded from the original 7 hectares to almost 85 today! It is a Bordeaux that is a favorite of sommeliers and wine pros worldwide.

Beautifully mature Bordeaux from an icon of the Medoc, the warm and sunny vintage gave this often rustic estate, forward charm and a fruity quality that you do not always find in this wine. This is a super secret micro cuvee (frankly a wine that we had never heard of before) from Sociano-Mallet that was made in tiny quantities and never designed to leave the property. Just opened periodically for personal consumption and shown to his best friends and clients at the estate, we are stoked that we scored a super small parcel for you!

Sociando's signature backbone, minerality, tannin and acid spine have allowed this wine to hold up quite nicely over the years. This is a recent re-release from the Chateau, directly from their cold cellar just months ago, ready for immediate enjoyment!

About the Producer

The vineyard covers 85 hectares, and has an average vine age 40 years. Low Guyot pruning. Average yield is 55 hectoliters per hectare. Grapes are hand harvested in small crates and 100% destemmed. Malolactic fermentation takes place in lined concrete stainless steel vats for 20 to 25 days. Only native yeasts are used. The wine is aged in oak barrels for 12 months, 100% new. Racked every three months during the course of ageing, the wine was then bottled unfined.