Why you'll love this wine?
Whispering Angel Rosé is a global phenomenon for good reason but the Château is much more than a one trick pony. Rock Angel is an impressive and carefully crafted wine, more complicated and better suited to food than it's lighter, easy drinking siblings.
Whispering Angel's bolder sister?? Old vine mystique and a breath of oak add some length, breadth and sophistication to Rock Angel, the third rung on Château d'Esclans mighty Rosé ladder.
Best enjoyed with...
A Yacht, the Meditteranean sea and a balmy summer evening with friends and fishes!
What are wine lovers like you saying...
“This is the sister wine to Whispering Angel. I had the opportunity to sip it poolside in the Hamptons, the perfect spot for a wine like this. Rock Angel has aromas of fruit, red currants, and citrus. It's bit more intense than Whispering Angel and a little sexier. This wine is wonderful with food. Perfect for the summer and anything in between. Cheers!”
“My favourite Rosé to date! A lot smoother than Whispering Angel, less acidic too and way more strawberries. If I could have a cellar of this and be lost for the summer... I would be happy! Bravo team.”
"2018 is the best vintage yet for Rock Angel in my opinion. Pale salmon pink colour shows it’s light on it’s feet, but the flavours are beautiful and oh so smooth and refreshing! It's the smell though that really sets it apart. Like some exotic perfume promising sunshine and good times! As you can probably tell I liked it!"
Who made this lovely wine and how...?
Chateau d’Esclans is located on an exceptional site, on elevated land near the Gorges de Pennafort, twenty five kilometers northwest of the ancient Roman city of Frejus on the Mediterranean coast. The first traces of the Château’s site date back to the times of the Gauls during which its location served as a lookout point to spot intruders coming by boat into the Gulf of Frejus. The chateau’s cellar structure or foundation (known today as the oldest in the region) housed an original Chateau that was given by the Comte de Provence to Gérard De Villeneuve, in 1201. The current chateau, inspired by Tuscan Villa design, was built during the mid 19th century.
Château d’Esclans lies in the center of the Department of the Var, where the majority of Provence AOC rosé is produced. The land was occupied as long as 2500 years ago when it was probably used as a lookout point for intruders sailing into the Gulf of Frejus. The original château—of which now only the cellar remains—dates back to before the 12th century. In 1201, Gérard De Villeneuve, part of a wealthy family from Marseille, took ownership of the château and the majority of the surface area of the Vallée d’Esclans that would eventually be sold off in lots. Two brothers, Sauver Louis Ranque and Francois Alexandre Ranque, were the next to own the château, known then as Terre d’Esclans.
In 1875, they sold the property to Joseph Toussaint Caussemille, who manufactured wooden matches near Marseilles. In 1955, the Perraud family owned the property until 1994. At that time, it was purchased by a Swedish pension fund that produced a small amount of wine and the remaining grapes were sold to neighboring winemakers. Sacha Lichine aquired Château d’Esclans in 2006. Today there are 183 acres (74 ha) of vineyards. The total proprety has 659 acres (267 ha).
The primary grape grown on the property is Grenache followed by Vermentino. Other grapes include Cinsault, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Tibouren. The château is known for its old Grenache vines which produce grapes that offer greater concentration of flavor than do the younger vines. As the elevation to where the lots are situated increases, so do the age of the vines. At the highest elevated lot vines are as old as 90 years.
Grapes grown from some of the most choice land in the surrounding region of La Motte en Provence, consisting primarily of Grenache and Vermentino.
Harvesting at sunrise to noon.
The grapes which are used to make Rock Angel are sorted optically. Destemming and slight crushing at 7-8c to avoid oxidation.
Free run juice and first slight pressing. No maceration. Both free run juice and pressed juice partially vinified in demi-muids (600ltr barrels) and stainless steel, both temperature controlled.