About Château Sociando-Mallet
Château Sociando-Mallet took its name from 2 former owners – Sossiondo, a nobleman from the Basque region who founded the estate in 1633, and a naval captain by the name of Achille Mallet who married Marie-Elisabeth Alaret, the owner of the estate at that time. Amidst the changes in ownership, Château Sociando-Mallet at one point shared the same owner as Château Pontoise Cabarrus.
The estate ended a run of inconsistency when it was purchased by Bordeaux négociant Jean Gautreau in 1969, who did so while searching for an estate to buy on behalf of a client. Jean undertook the monumental task of breathing a new lease of life into the dilapidated estate, increasing the acreage from a paltry 5 hectares to the 83 hectares today and increasing the proportion of Merlot vines, which was previously dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon. Jean excelled in making wines expressive of the excellent terroir that his estate in the Haut-Médoc has to offer and his clarets are well-structured and rich, with superb ageing potential.