This 50 hectare estate is located North of St-Estephe. Left derelict until 1969, the Chateau is unclassified but has carved out a reputation for classic Bordeaux that ages well and is amazing value. If you can find old Sociando you have found a treasure.
In 2010 we see 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Dark and red fruits, oaky, intense, flinty and dusty. The palate was pretty tough and savoury to begin with but some flesh did develop. Needs a bit of time to put some meat on the bones here.
Haut Medoc – A catch all appellation that is about 60km long on the left bank of Bordeaux. There are few classified vineyards in this generic appellation and no discernible regional style. There are however, a handful of wonderful wines that are often overlooked, are great value and ultimately are great Bordeaux.
2010 – Largely over looked after the amazing 2009s. Is this better than 2000, 2005, 2009? Is it more like the famous vintages to follow up the greats such as 1996 and 2001? All I know is that after tasting the first shipment of 2010s my customers requested a second tasting and fast. See Decanters notes of the vintage here.