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2009 Sociando-Mallet "Cuvée Jean Gautreau" Haut-Médoc

SKU #1405258 93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2009 Cuvée Jean Gautreau is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot picked between September 18 and October 5. The bouquet is not dissimilar to the 2005, offering well-defined blackberry, raspberry preserve and cranberry fruit, followed by incense and sandalwood. The new oak is neatly subsumed. The palate is lively and energetic on the entry, then quite spicy and saline, displaying supple but firm tannin and hints of dark chocolate toward the finish, which fans out confidently. Superb. Tasted at the vertical tasting at Sociando-Mallet. Drink 2021-2035. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

K&L Notes

This is the top cuvée of Sociando-Mallet and it is only made in certain years. It is made in honor of the the winemaker Jean Gautreau and this wine celebrates 30 years of his involvement with Sociando-Mallet. Fabulous wine that still needs another 20 years in the cellar. Sadly, we just learned that Jean Gautreau passed away in November 2019, after over 30 years at Sociando.

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/24/2019 | Send Email
This is a seductive, vibrant and delicious bottle from a top vintage, that is ready-to-drink for a great price. Sociando is one of my favorite properties in any vintage, but that name Jean Gautreau has a Pavlovian effect on me...It is only made in the best vintages, from the best juice and showcases the elegance and power that the winemaker is known for. Plum, blueberries, licorice and herbs with generous, well integrated oak and a seemingly endless finish.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2019 | Send Email
There are some dark, meaty notes to this big, hearty wine which possesses plenty of ripe, sweet fruit and a deep, chewy texture. There is a beefy element that may remind some of the Northern Rhone but the 2009 weather gave this all the warm, roasted fruit you would expect from this great vintage. This is a big and approachable bottle to pair with substantial fare.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2019 | Send Email
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Fabulous wine. This special cuvee is only made in the greatest of years--and 2009 is one of those years. A small batch made to honor Jean Gautreau's 25th year of making this great value. Product. Sociando was the first Bordeaux I ever visited in April 1985-drinking the 1984. This is a powerhouse cuvee with the richmess of the vintage and the power of small selection. A must for the cellar.
Drink from 2022 to 2042

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