Château de Sales is located in the north-west of the Pomerol appellation. With 47.6 hectares (117 acres) under vine out of the 90 hectares (222 acres) that make up the property, it is the largest vineyard in the Pomerol appellation. Except for three hectares (7 acres) that were lost during the French Revolution, the property limits are the same as they were in 1464.
The majority of vines are Merlot (73%) which, combined with Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Cabernet Franc (12%), finds its full expression in a terroir of gravel and heat-retaining sand which also contains iron oxide. On average, planting density is 5,900 vines per hectare.
Château de Sales is matured for 12 months in oak barrels, 15-20% of which are renewed each year
For the 2012 vintage the blend is:
90 % Merlot
10 % Cabernet Franc
A deep colour, oscillating between purple and garnet red, the wine has a nose on ripe red fruit
aromas and seductively subtle notes of oak. On the palate, the 2012 vintage is round, fullbodied and well-balanced with a high-quality tannic structure, leading into an elegant, slightly
oaky and very fresh finish.