2022 Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose

Type of Wine Rosé
Country France
Region Provence
Appellation Côtes de Provence
Winery Château d'Esclans
Year 2022
Grape Grenache Rolle Vermentino
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13%)
Drink window 2023 - 2024
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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 famous winemaker and writer Alexis Lichine. It may sound arrogant, but his goal was to make the best rosé in the world to rival the top Montrachets. To fulfill 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. At the end of November, Château d'Esclans was voted 'The European Winery of The Year 2014' by Wine Enthusiast magazine. It is the first time in history that a winery that mainly produces rosé wines has been awarded this 'Oscar for wines'.

The Whispering Angel is one of the most popular roses internationally and, next to the cult rose de Garrus, the wine with which Chateau d'Esclans has gained world fame. This rosé owes its name to the chapel on the estate where 2 whispering angels are depicted on the wall. This image is also depicted on the label of the Whispering Angel.

The Whispering Angel has the typical light gray-pink color that typifies a Provence rose. The rosé has an aromatic bouquet, excelling in minerality and elegance. A nice glass of wine, elegant, broad and rich with a nice freshness and light spiciness. Intense taste with aromas of apricots, red berries and strawberries.

The vineyards of Chateau d'Esclans are very conveniently located in a south-western location on a clay-like and calcareous soil. The Garrus is made exclusively from 80 year old Grenache and Rolle sticks. The grapes are first tasted, then picked by hand very early in the morning (so you don't get spontaneous fermentation due to the heat) and sorted up to three times by quality. Maceration between 10 and 12 gr. C so that a maximum of fruit is obtained and, moreover, a selection of pure 'free-run' juice for pressing. A full and eight-month Burgundian Batonnage on 600 liter oak barrels which is fully temperature controlled between 12 and 16 degrees takes place.

Under the Tab Attachment you will find the official factsheet of Chateau D'Esclans

“Always delicious”
James Suckling

“Delicious, a remarkable effort”
(The Wine Spectator)

“Chewy and mouthwatering”

“The Cool thing you have to drink» … also impressively good”
Ray Isle (Food & Wine)

“Dense and rich with lovely texture”
Anthony Dias Blue (The Tasting Panel)

“Very clear and clean and will gain flavors during the year”
Steven Spirrier

“Absolutely Stunning”
Matthew Jukes

“Loaded onto yachts on the Côte d'Azur and consumed in quantity by connoisseurs”
Serena Sutcliffe

“Whispering Angel is all about luxury: the luxury of flavour, the luxury of texture…”
Anthony Garland On Wine
92 points

“Not biting, more cleansing. Layered and not hard to drink.”
The Drinks Business
94 points

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More Information
Type of Wine Rosé
Country France
Region Provence
Appellation Côtes de Provence
Winery Château d'Esclans
Grape Grenache, Rolle, Vermentino
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Year 2022
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2024
Alcohol % 13
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
James Suckling rating 91
Tasting Profiles Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Red fruit, Flexible
Drink moments Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag
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