Château Mossé is located in the small historic village of Sainte Colombe de la Commanderie, on the site of a former eleventh-century Templar stronghold. The domain was founded in 1884 by the great-grandfather of the current owner, Jacques Mossé. It is located in the "Les Aspres" terroir, consisting of the eastern foothills of Mont Canigou, the last Pyrenean peak before the Mediterranean. The term aspres means "arid" in Catalan: the terroir here is sunny, hot, dry sloping ground with clay, limestone and schist soil. It is one of the favoured terroirs for the great vins doux naturels, produced mainly from Grenache Noir, but also Grenache Gris and Maccabeu. During the Great War, Georges Mossé (1884-1964), the father of Jacques Mossé, was in the habit of keeping back a portion of his harvest to ensure he had reserves to see him through tough times. Hence we now have intact examples of these wines, which are now true collectors' items.
Not surprisingly, this wine tastes delicious, holding up marvelously after all these years. This fortified wine has similarities to a port or Madeira, but is something special and not nearly as common. You'll find flavors of candied white peaches, dried apricot and a delectable nuttiness. Sip after dinner with a cheese spread or fruit based dessert.