We tasted through several Bordeaux this week, many were classified growths, and the wine that caught our attention was the 2013 Chateau de Sales. Château de Sales is in the Pomerol appellation and is recognized for its long history that dates back to the 17th century, making it one of the oldest in its region. The estate spans over 90 hectares, with 47.6 hectares dedicated to vineyards, predominantly planted with Merlot (70%), followed by Cabernet Franc (15%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (15%), reflecting the traditional Pomerol blend. Unlike many Bordeaux estates that focus on new oak and high extraction, Château de Sales emphasizes a more restrained winemaking style, aiming to produce wines that are approachable in their youth while still capable of aging gracefully. This approach, combined with its significant vineyard size, positions Château de Sales uniquely in Pomerol, offering a distinctive expression of the appellation's terroir.
2013 is a lovely Pomerol from this old estate comprised of 71.5% Merlot, 13.5% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Franc gives the wine loverly aromatics, while the Cabernet Sauvignon gives it some excellent structure and a backbone that pairs effortlessly with the Merlot. This classic Pomerol put many others to shame from this commune at several times more than the price. This is one of the best Bordeaux buys we have tasted in the new year and could age another decade or so. I can't think of a better buy for red wine in today's market. This is highly recommended!