This month’s wine, the 2014 Chateau Sociando-Mallet is from one of the most iconic wine regions in the world- Bordeaux, France. This area in France is ideal for grape growing and is the largest appellation in France. While wines from this region are all known as Bordeaux, they actually have a good bit of variety in terms of taste, body, and quality.

The two primary red grape varieties grown in Bordeaux are merlot and cabernet sauvignon. For whites, the main grapes are Semillon and sauvignon blanc. Other grapes are grown in much smaller quanities and are often used as accents for the main ones to draw out favorable characteristics and make each wine unique.

Chateau Sociando-Mallet is located in Medoc, which is a region within Bordeaux. Between the oceanic climate and the mixture of gravel and clay soils, the climate is perfect for Bordeaux’s signature red grapes.

There is evidence grapes have been grown at Chateau Sociando-Mallet at least since the 1700s, but the estate was in disrepair until 1969 when the estate was purchased by its current owner. The family replanted and modernized the vineyard to produce high quality but not astronomically priced wines.

The 2014 vintage is considered one of their best. It is a full-bodied, dark red wine that lingers on the tongue. There are a lot of black fruit flavors with just a touch of oak and minerality. I do recommend allowing it to breathe for a good hour to release the flavors and aromas. If you drink it right away, expect the minerality to be more prominent.

Try the wine with a dark chocolate or even slightly spicy dessert for a bold, yet delicious pairing.

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