Peter Maude Fine Wines
2020, Château de Sales, AOC Pomerol
$42.55 inc. GST
Bordeaux Blend: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc.
This is pretty tasty; sappy with a ton of black fruits and some attractive bitter edging - easily one of the best vintages of de Sales that I have tasted. Good salinity and sap on the edges, enjoyable, not too intense with sweet black cherry fruit. A really good job from de Sales, excellent mid palate flesh, something that you don't always find in this wine. A recommended buy, easily staying up with the quality of last year.
Jean Claude Berrouet consultant since 2017 for blending and winemaking. Could go up to 93 with the in-bottle tastings. Before 2017 never more than 5% was aged in new oak, now up to 18%, just to again give this a slight weight though the mid palate. No press wine at all for the first time - they felt that they had the weight and depth on the free run juice. 92 Jane Anson, Decanter.
Medium to deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2020 De Sales opens with bright, cheery scents of Morello cherries, black raspberries and redcurrant jelly, plus suggestions of lavender, wild sage and Sichuan pepper. The medium-bodied palate is laden with crunchy red fruit a lively line of freshness. 88-90 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate.