Matthew Jukes - Wine Notes

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 2 – Sociando-Mallet

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report

Episode 2 – Sociando-Mallet

2020 Château Sociando-Mallet (Haut-Médoc)

(53% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc)

90% new oak for 12 months

14% alc

42 hL/ha

Harvested between 14th  – 30th September

There is an overriding sense of calm in 2020 Sociando-Mallet and it arrives the very first moment the perfume settles on your senses and lasts until the ‘full stop’ on the finish minutes later.  This is a compact, finely-assembled wine with a deep, resonant core of black fruit and the oak, which includes a mighty percentage of new barrels, is carefully sprinkled from the start all of the way to the finish so it keeps up the tension and the poise without ever overstepping the mark.  The tannins are exceedingly discreet but they are certainly present, energetic and well-drilled.  What I really like about this vintage is that in among the swathes of black fruit there are flashes of wild red berries and darker purple tones and this is not surprising given that Merlot leads the way.  This is a seriously detailed wine that is wrapped up in a ball right now, but it has a stunning future ahead of it and I don’t doubt it will retain its innate and impressive calmness every step of the way.  18+/20

2020 La Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet (2nd wine of Sociando-Mallet)

(87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon)

30% new oak for 12 months

14% alc

42 hL/ha

Harvested between 14th – 30th September

This is always a hugely impressive second wine that performs a little like a shadow of the Grand Vin.  It is a little quieter, a little less impactful and little more forward and also a little lighter, but as the Grand Vin is always so well turned out, this simply means that La Demoiselle is a suave echo of the character and the flavours of this estate and that makes it a successful creation.  In 2020, it is plush wine, loaded with Merlot, with neat balance and also a fresh outlook.  It will be an early drinker and it will perform admirably when you ask it to over the next ten years.  16.5/20

Scores – I have attached my scores out of 20 for each wine. If a score has no ‘+’, this indicates a wine that is in balance and can be drunk relatively young thanks to its precocity and charm. One ‘+’ indicates a wine that will benefit from medium-term ageing (in accordance with the style of the wine), while two ‘++’ indicates a wine that should manage to make the long haul, softening and evolving as it goes. A ‘?’ means that I am unsure about an element within the wine – this will be explained in my note.