In a nutshell: A complex, structured and superior Provençal rosé from the stable that produces Whispering Angel.
The lowdown: Seriously good rosés are what Sacha Lichine of Chateau d'Esclans is all about and this cuvée is one of theo ones up there with their top end wines. By spending some time in oak it has acquired a richness and roundness which, with your eyes closed, you could mistake for a serious white Burgundy whilst at the same time retaining all the exuberence of Provence. If you've tried and liked Whispering Angel then, for a special occasion, this is the next step up.
When to drink: Of course it's perfect for drinking all by itself, but it also pairs up with grilled chicken dishes, white fish and seafood of all types.
Situated in the cool hills in the heart of Provence, Château dEsclans has been something of a phenomenon in the years since it was acquired by Sacha Lichine in 2006. He set out to create a world class a world-class brand with the aim of producing the greatest rosé on the planet. Something he's certainly succeeded at doing. While their Whispering Angel Rosé has become the talk of wine world, it's just one of an extensive array of premium labels they produce. Their elevated vineyards are most famous for old-vine Grenache, much of which was planted in the early part of the 20th century. In making their wines these vines are hand-picked as close to sunrise as possible and blended with equally cared for Vermentino. The top cuvées are then oak aged and capable of aging and improving for years. Such has been their success that the luxury goods company LMVH acquired a 55% stake in the business in 2019 and so it's joined an impressive label of prestige drinks brands along sife the likes of Krug, Dom Pérignon, Château dYquem and Cheval Blanc.