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Chateau de Sales 2009

Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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Critical Acclaim

ST 90
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

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Chateau de Sales

Chateau de Sales

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Chateau de Sales, , France - Bordeaux
Chateau de Sales
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.

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Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production...

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Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredibly wide-ranging selection of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from boutique to massive corporations, and price and quality are equally varied—plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Coast area, while Napa is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

Just about every style of wine you can imagine is made in California, from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. Each AVA and sub-AVA has its own distinct personality. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other Bordeaux varieties dominate, as well as Sauvignon Blanc. Sonoma County is best known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with Alsatian varieties such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, it is certain that any wine lover will find something to get excited about.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes...

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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