Château de Saü Rivesaltes Rancio, 100% Grenach Gris, Roussillon France
Established in 1846 in the heart of the Têt Valley, just outside Thuir, Chateau de Saü has always owned vineyards but didn’t begin bottling its wine until fourth-generation owner Hervé Passama and his wife Béatrice returned to the estate in 1986. The estate is most prized for its spicy, alluring Rivesaltes ambré. Grapes are harvested by hand from a small 1.9-hectare vineyard of 70-year old goblet vines. With Hervé’s passing in 2014, Béatrice has retired and the vines have been rented, leaving these wines the last testament of one of the great terroirs for aged, oxidative wines.
The 2000 is a caramel apple dream- toasted sugar, spiced nuts, lemon and tart apple. Delightful alongside any sweet, I think this is an especially dynamite pairing with the pecan bars.