Winemaker, Michel Rolland, is an international superstar. Just adding his name to a wine is enough for aficionados to purchase. His consulting with wineries all over the world has made both him, and them, famous. But, Rolland was born in Bordeaux, lives in Bordeaux, so it's easy to assume that Bordeaux is his sweet spot. From the taste of the wines he crafts, there's no argument.
Since Rolland's involvement, Suau has become sustainable and completely organic. The chateau is located in the Cadillac region of Bordeaux, more famous for its dessert wines like Sauternes, but Rolland has swung past that. Their 150 acres of vines are planted on gravel and clay, all south to south-east facing. This is important because, since the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the vines are always getting sunlight, the most important element in grape maturation.
The varietal makeup is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. When the grapes are brought to the winery, they are crushed and put in very cold tanks to ferment. This slows down the fermentation so that they can pull more color and extract from the skins and seeds, creating a bigger, denser wine.
The results in our selection certainly is testament to that. The nose emanates notes of blackberry, ripe plum and dark chocolate, morphing into similar flavors on the palate and finishing with bold, but no off-putting tannins. Perfect with beef bourguignon and lamb shanks.