2021 Chateau d'Esclans Rock Angel rose

38.95 32.19
Type of Wine Rosé
Country France
Region Provence
Appellation Côtes de Provence
Winery Château d'Esclans
Year 2021
Grape Cinsault Grenache Syrah-Shiraz
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13.5%)
Drink window 2022 - 2024
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The Rock Angel rosé is a new name for the Estate wine (the wine was previously simply called Ch Esclans). The Rock Angel is the big brother of the famous Whispering Angel Rose. The vineyards of Chateau d'Esclans are very conveniently located in a south-western position on a clay-like and calcareous soil. The Rock Angel is made exclusively from 70 year old Grenache and Rolle sticks. The grenache has the upper hand (around 70%) in this blend. The grapes are first tasted, then picked by hand very early in the morning (so that you don't get spontaneous fermentation due to the heat) and sorted for quality up to three times. Maceration between 10 and 12 gr. C resulting in a maximum of fruit and a selection of pure 'free-run' juice and juice from a very light pressing. The wine is aged in oak barrels of 600ltr and a part is aged on stainless steel which is fully temperature controlled between 12 and 16 gr.

The Rock Angel is a rich and fresh mineral wine and is aromatic, fresh with white flowers with beautiful subtle herbal notes of raspberry, mandarin and cherry. The Rock Angel is a very elegant wine with a little spice and very complex. Great to enjoy with beautiful fish, sushi, spicy dishes or beautiful white meat, but also tends to a beautiful burgundy. The Rock Angel has a longer upbringing so when the 2020 Whispering Angel comes on the market the 2019 versions of the top models will be released (the Garrus, Les Clans and the Rock Angel)

The wine is firmer and (even) more complex than its sister the Whispering Angel or as Daily Mail wine critic Matthew Jukes describes it: It sure does Rock, the Whisperer in a leather jacket! ”.

Sacha Lichine settled in La Motte-en-Provence in 2006 and bought Château d'Esclans from a Swedish family. Sacha is the son of world-renowned winemaker and writer Alexis Lichine. It may sound arrogant, but his goal was to make the best rosé in the world to compete with the top Montrachets. To realize this ambition, he left the vinification to Patrick Léon who was the winemaker of Mouton Rothschild for 23 years, with as a result, for example, Whispering Angel has been sold out in no time for years. Château d'Esclans was voted 'The European Winery of The Year 2014' by the magazine Wine Enthusiast at the end of November. It is the first time in history that a winery that mainly produces rosé wines has been awarded this 'Oscar for the wines'.

A lot of work has gone into this wine and it's remarkably sophisticated. ”
Jonathan Ray (The Spectator)

” Proves every season is rosé season ”
The Daily Front Row

” Unaffected freshness, dense and long. Well-crafted and elegant. ”
The Wine Spectator

2019 Rock Angel has found its roots. It possesses more than a little gravitas while still drinking well from the off… the finest vintage to date. 18/20
Matthew Jukes

” Rounded and rich with flavors that mingle comfortably together. Ripe aftertaste. ” 90/100
Roger Voss (Wine Enthusiast)

” It might be young but there's a power to this wine. It's crisp and clean on the nose, and the fruit waits until its needed. ”
Tony Harrys (Winefulness)

” A rosé with substance. Medium to full body and a creamy texture. Flavorful and beautiful. 93/100
James Suckling

” A little more soft rock than punk thanks to a little time in the barriques giving a slightly more rounded mouthful ”
Patrick Schmitt
93 Points

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More Information
Type of Wine Rosé
Country France
Region Provence
Appellation Côtes de Provence
Winery Château d'Esclans
Grape Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz
Biological certified No
Vegan No
Year 2021
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2024
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
James Suckling rating 93
Tasting Profiles Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Red fruit, Flexible
Drink moments Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag
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