With the same owners since 1464, the de Sales estate in not surprisingly making old styled, light, rustic Pomerol. Their 47.5 hectares are a blend of 72% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Cabernet Franc. These wines are always priced to sell and not for everyone’s tastes.
This is an elegant wine which offers red and blue fruits with a hint of spice. There is some gritty tannin and enough acid to keep the fruit balanced. The palate is moderately fleshy with good complexity. It will definitely improve over the medium term. This is a great entry point to both Pomerol and the 2010 vintage.
Pomerol – Merlot dominates here ably supported by Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon a distant (and sometimes non-existant) third. There is only 800 hectare of vines and almost 150 producers and Pomerol is the only major appellation of Bordeaux to eschew a ranking system. The quality at the top level are arguably better than any other Bordeaux but it can vary.
Merlot – It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus they are almost not needed.
2010 – Largely over looked after the amazing 2009s. Is this better than 2000, 2005, 2009? Is it more like the famous vintages to follow up the greats such as 1996 and 2001? All I know is that after tasting the first shipment of 2010s my customers requested a second tasting and fast. See Decanters notes of the vintage here.