With 47 hectares, Chateau de Sales is the biggest vineyard of Pomerol, the merlot-dominated right bank of Bordeaux. The vines are on average 30+ years old and comprise of 70% merlot, 15% cabernet franc and 15% cabernet sauvignon. I bought a case of the 'stellar' 2000 vintage en primeur (funny how there are so many so called 'must have' vintages in Bordeaux!) and I'm now about half way through. So far, this wine has been very good so I was looking forward to trying this bottle...
|Chateau de Sales is on the north western border of the Pomerol appelation|
Chateau de Sales, Pomerol, 2000
Appearance: soft garnet & developing a brick coloured rim with age
Nose: very merlot with green pepper corns and some oak. However, also a pungent whiff of tarmac (is this a defect or a dirty glass?)
Palette: light & ultra smooth with silky tannins. Red fruits and that tarmac again (?!) with a greenish undertone which is unusual for a year such as 2000. Some oak & vanilla on a medium finish.
Conclusion: a delicious, light wine but disappointing versus the last tasting and my expectations. 4* 5/10