As with many Right Bank Bordeaux red wines, the 2009 Chateau Haut Sociondo is predominantly Merlot. Specifically, 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec. This wine is a unique and great value for the casual wine drinker. 2009 was a great year for Bordeaux in general, arguably one of best years of all time for the region. When I come across a $10 bottle of 2009 Bordeaux, such as this one from Chateau Haut Sociondo, you better believe I’m going to give it a try.
This wine is complex, but not heavy. It’s an approachable vin with a rustic and mineraltistic tilt to it while still relatively young. Because of the backbone and structure in this wine, it’s just as drinkable, if not more drinkable 5-10 years down the road.
Chateau Haut Sociondo Vineyard
This particular claret originates from the Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux AOC. Blaye is on the right side of the Gironde, just across from Medoc and next to Côtes de Bourg. A small family operation, Louis Martinaud and co operate 40 or so odd acres of mostly Merlot vines. The soil around here contains quite a bit of limestone, and is detectable within the vintages year after year.
This wine should be given 10 minutes or so to breath, ideally decanted. I chilled it to around 61 degrees Fahrenheit before serving. I find that chilling Bordeaux red wines tends to bring out more mineral characteristics.
Chateau Haut Sociondo Bordeaux Tasting Notes
This is a medium bodied red wine. In the glass, it has a rich plum and black cherry hue to it. Aromatic on the nose with hints of damp underbrush. Fruit forward — teasing with more plum, blackberry, currant and cherry. The opening palate has a good tannin structure following with ripe plum, blackberry and limestone undertones. Moderate acid helps balance out the fruit. The wine maintains its tannic structure mid-palate with hints of smoke, crushed violet and subtle vanilla. Towards the finish, this wine almost appears to melt away as black cherry, jam and cola sit on top of moderate acid and limestone. Finish is medium.
Where can I buy Chateau Haut Sociondo 2009 Bordeaux?
I was able to find this particular wine at my nearby wine wholesaler – Specs for 10USD. It’s a family owned Texas wine and liquor chain. Wine.com is also offering $ 10 off purchases if you can find it. Wine-Searcher is a great source for locating retailers nearby as well.
Overall, this is an incredible value. I’m going to repeat the fact that finding 2009 Bordeaux’s for $10 is increasingly difficult. This wine does not represent all Bordeaux’s from the same vintage in the region, but there is complexity here that is difficult to find in similar clarets at this price. Enjoy this wine while young and knowing you’re drinking one of the finest vintages in Bordeaux of all time.