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Media acclaim for the quality of Château de Sales 2019

JAMESSUCKLING.COM : 92-93/100 – “This shows very pretty”
DECANTER : 92/100 – “Enjoyable de Sales”
ROBERT PARKER – WINE ADVOCATE : 91-93/100 – “The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of ripe, seductive black fruit preserves, framed by rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and perfumed.”
TASTINGBOOK : 93+/100 – “On the palate well balanced and structured”
LEFIGARO.FR : 17/20 – “Texture en bouche d’une grande finesse”
JANCISROBINSON.COM : 16+/20 – “Fine, grainy tannins pull everything together”

Bottling of the 2018 vintage

It took nearly ten days in early May to bottle the 2018 vintage of Château de Sales and Château Chantalouette.
A harmonious, fruit-filled, complex, well-balanced and elegant vintage that will delight wine-lovers everywhere!

2019: the elegance of a great vintage

Marine Treppoz and Vincent Montigaud, respectively Chair and CEO of Château de Sales, present the Château’s 2019 vintage.

2019 vintage

“Dark purple red colour with violet hue and almost black core. Fragrant nose with aroma reminsicent of blackberries, sweet elderberries, juicy mulberries and a discreet flowery touch in the background. Wonderful spiciness with hints of vanilla and gingerbread. On the palate well balanced and structured with ripe yet firm tannins, exemplary freshness, fine minerality, juicy fruit and hints of liquorice and flowery tones in the background.” Markus Del Monego

Two world’s best sommeliers at Château de Sales

On March 7th, we had the pleasure of welcoming members of the Essen and Stuttgart Chapters of the Commanderie de Bordeaux wine fraternity, in the company of Markus del Monego (Best Sommelier of the World 1998) and Marc Almert (Best Sommelier of the World 2019). Our guests particularly appreciated the 2018, 2017 and 2010 vintages served during the lunch, as well as the tasting that followed.

From left to right on the picture: Markus del Monego (Best Sommelier of the World 1998), Vincent Montigaud (CEO of Château de Sales) and Marc Almert (Best Sommelier of the World 2019 and Head Sommelier of the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich).

Pruning, an important stage in the vine growth cycle

For nearly three months now, Adelaïde, Françoise, Maria, Marie-Christine, Marie-Pierre, Arménio, Cédric, Gilles, Mathieu and Philippe have been taking advantage of the period during which the vines are at rest to go round the estate’s 47.6 hectares (117.5 acres) and prune each vine. They pruned around 270,000 vines between 26 November 2019 and 20 February 2020! (more…)

Blending tastings, the 2019 vintage is well on its way!

After the harvest, vinification and vat-house tasks, December and January are devoted to work on blending.

The birth of a new vintage is the result of many tastings and trial combinations. Their purpose is to select the batches which will make it into the final blend of the Grand Vin, Château de Sales, and the second label, Château Chantalouette, and to see how they behave together once blended. (more…)