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Whispering Angel Rosé - 2019

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Why you'll love this wine?

Well it seems you’d be almost alone if you didn’t love this wine and 2019 sees another fine vintage release from Château d’Esclans.

Whispering Angel Rosé is a global phenomenon for good reason. Terrifically easy drinking (oops I drank the bottle!), it’s technically dry but fruit laden enough to lure in a very broad church.

If you’ve been lucky enough to pick wild strawberries you’ve got a headstart in describing this. Melon, peach, grapefruit and pear as well but it’s definitely not fruit juice. This is a grown up wine, dry not sweet and there’s a crisp, cleansing bite to it that refreshes your palette and well… just makes you want to fill your glass again!

 

Best enjoyed with...

A good handful of late afternoon sunshine, some fresh air and some other human beings whose company you adore… even if that happens to be yourself!

This fabulous Rosé could be the perfect accompaniment to a bit of soulful contemplation or a lubrication for the most fun afternoon you’ve had all summer.

Perfect quaffing wine but bold enough to face off with a nice seafood apetiser or a strong leafy salad.

 

What are wine lovers like you saying...

“Bish bash bosh. Summer in a bottle.”

“Surprising full-bodied rosé with bright citrus notes but minimal acidity. Careful, this goes down quick. Pair with Greek orzo salad, grilled veggies & fancy ass parties. This is the bottle to buy when you remember you’re fabulous & you deserve this.”

Who made this lovely wine and how...?

Château d’Esclans

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.

Vinification

Grapes grown from some of the most choice land in the surrounding region of La Motte en Provence, consisting primarily of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Carignan and Vermentino.

Harvesting at sunrise to noon.

The grapes which are used to make Whispering Angel are sorted optically. Destemming and slight crushing at 7-8c to avoid oxidation.

Both the free run juice and pressed juices are vinified in stainless steel. ‘Batônnage’ is twice weekly, temperature controlled.

Producer
Château d'Esclans
Region
Côtes de Provence
Type
Provence Rosé
Alcohol By Vol.
13%
Bottle Size
750ml
Closure
Cork
Preservatives
Sulphites
Grape
Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Vermentino
Serve At
10c
 
 

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  • 5
    Angel of Rose

    Posted by Charlotte on Apr 15, 2020

    Far too easy to drink!! I would reach for this again and again when there is any hint of sunshine (or not!) - a Provence Rosé with style and substance - with summer berry notes and a clean refreshing palate! Popular for a reason - an absolute cracker!

  • 5
    Enjoying the Lockdown!

    Posted by Sophie on Apr 15, 2020

    2019 as delicious as ever... makes lockdown not seem so bad ;-)