is in the village of Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne, north of Pauillac, in the Haut-Médoc appellation. While looking for an estate for sale on behalf of a Belgian client, Bordeaux négociant Jean Gautreau fell in love with the property. Despite the piteous state of the equipment and a property of only 5 hectares (12 acres), the ideal situation on the banks of the Gironde and panoramic view of the estuary convinced him to purchase the estate in 1969.
The first vintages revealed the exceptional terroir of Château Sociando-Mallet: Gunz gravel—perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon—over a clay subsoil that gives the wines a beautiful freshness. Since the acquisition Gautreau has progressively expanded the estate by buying vineyard parcels from his neighbors. In a constant quest to hone the quality of the wines, he has renovated all of the buildings on the property, built a new winery, and gradually improved the varietal mix of the vineyards. Today his energy is dedicated entirely to running the property, which has reached 85 hectares (210 acres), and the Haut-Médoc he makes is a favorite of Bordeaux aficionados.
More informations on the website Sociando-Mallet