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2020 harvest: a very promising vintage

After heavy rain and relatively mild temperatures at the start of the year, budbreak occurred 15 days earlier than the average for the last 15 years. The Merlots reached mid-flowering particularly early, on 21 May. These exceptional weather conditions in the first half of the year meant that our teams had to keep a sharp eye on the vines in order to forestall any risk of disease.
The summer was hot and dry, but the Château de Sales terroir kept the vineyard free of water stress. The berries started changing colour early, on 11 July in the Merlot parcels. Fine weather in September enabled the grapes to reach optimum maturity.
The harvest took place in excellent conditions between 10 and 30 September. Run-offs from the first vats show a fine balance between fruit, acidity and tannins.

A promising new vintage in prospect!

Start of the 2020 harvest

After early flowering and a beautiful summer, the 2020 harvest began in radiant sunshine on Thursday, September 10th.

For three weeks or so, about 50 pickers pass through the rows of vines at Château de Sales, sorting and harvesting the fruit of a year’s work.

The team were delighted with the first bunches of Merlot. A great new vintage is on its way!

European Heritage Days

On the occasion of the European Heritage Days, organised by the Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine on September 19 and 20, 2020, come and discover an exceptional heritage and a unique family history through guided tours!

Schedule: from 10:00am to 11:30am and from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
– General presentation of the estate, discovery of the courtyard, terraces and gardens by Eric Cron, Head of Heritage and Inventory in Bordeaux.
– Tasting of a vintage offered by the property.
Registration: + 33 (0)5 57 57 51 63 / https://bit.ly/3bWO38K

2015, 2016 and 2017 vintages

Août 2020

CHÂTEAU DE SALES 2015
Rating : 93
Still maturing, this wine shows ripe black fruits as well as a lower layer of tannins. Concentration, spice and smokiness are part of a harmonious, balanced wine, full bodied and with a good future. Drink from 2021. ROGER VOSS – WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE (more…)

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.