Chateau de Sales 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red-ruby. Perfumed nose of sour red cherry, violet and bitter chocolate reminded me of Burgundy. Pliant and very fresh, with good fleshiness for this wine. The suave tannins are nicely supported by the wine's mid-palate stuffing. This very gentle wine suggests a well-judged extraction. This will drink well early and should be a Pomerol bargain, especially on a restaurant list.
Barrel Sample: 87-90 Points"
Chateau de Sales Winery
Chateau de Sales is the largest estate in the Pomerol appelation and has been owned by the same family for more than five hundred years. Built during the 17th century, the chateau possesses exceptional beauty and elegance; the same is true for its wines. They are the true expression of the marvellous terroir from which they come.
The architecture of Chateau de Sales makes it a remarkable setting. From its tasting room to its bamboo gardens, from its vat house to its wine storehouse, the estate's pure refinement is also found in the "silky" quality that characterizes its wines and those of Pomerol appelation in general. View all Chateau de Sales Wines
About PomerolView a map of Pomerol wineries POH-mehr-all
It's a tiny region, and it has no classification system. But the wines produced from Pomerol can be sensuous and life-changing. Here lies Chateau Pétrus, one of the most expensive and sought-after wines of the world – many vintages commanding prices higher than the first-growth chateaux of the Médoc. The area is all vines, with no real town center, just roads connecting the lands and small, farmhouse style chateaux.
Soils in the area are primarily gravel based, intermittent with a clay subsoil, which is a factor in the rich flavors of the wines. Like its right bank neighbors, Pomerol sticks mainly to Merlot, with at least 2/3 of the land under vine growing the variety. Cabernet Franc makes up most of the remainder, with some Cabernet Sauvignon and a spot or two of Malbec. Vines are old and yields are extremely low – add those factors to the soil, and it's a recipe for an elegant, distinctive wine, with typical descriptors of intense aromas, ripe fruits and supple tannins. Quality can be vintage-dependent - in a good vintage, expect melt-in-your-mouth wine.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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