Jean Gautreau discovered Sociando-Mallet in the village of Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne in 1969 when looking for a wine estate to buy on behalf of a Belgian client. It was love at first sight, despite the fact that the property was in a sorry state. However, the terroir was excellent and the domain afforded a magnificent view overlooking the Gironde Estuary. Jean Gautreau immediately decided to acquire it for himself for 250,000 French francs.
Sociando Mallet is sometimes described as the Latour of the northern Medoc. The same ridge of gravel that runs through Leoville Las Cases and Latour reappears further up the Gironde estuary just to the north of St Estephe, underneath Sociando. It is famously said that the Médoc’s best wines are produced by vines that have a view over the Gironde. Château Sociando-Mallet has the best view of the Gironde
The vineyards are now 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Sierra Nevada Imports now represents the second growth of this estate – Demoiselles de Sociando Mallet.