The estate is located in the commune of Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne Saint-Estèphe
in the Médoc
(Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux). The origin goes back to a Basque noble named Sociando, who was named the owner in 1633. After the French Revolution (1789-1799) the property was confiscated and came into the possession of a Monsieur Lamothe, after whom it was also named. The last owner contributed the last owner, a sea captain named Mallet. In the Bordeaux Classification
In 1855 the chateau was not taken into account, but this had nothing to do with the high quality of the wines at that time. The winery was simply too far north for the samples to be tasted in Bordeaux. According to experts, today would deserve second place (Deuxième Cru Classé).
In the 20th century, the estate often changed hands. Finally, in 1969, the run-down estate with only five hectares of vineyards was taken over by Jean Gautreau. This expanded the vine stock many times over and introduced rigorous quality criteria. From the 1980s it developed into a real cult winery. In the classification that was made in 2003 and is no longer valid, it was not classified in the highest level "Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel", but only as "Cru Bourgeois". The self-confident Jean Gautreau consequently decided not to participate. The vineyards cover 66 hectares of vineyards with the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (40%), Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot (5%). The extremely long-lived red wine is aged in 100% new barriques and bottled without any beauty or filtration. The second wine is called "La Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet".