SRP of $25. Imported by Shaw-Ross International. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
“In the Esclans Valley angels whisper. If you drink this wine, you might hear them. If by chance you visit us, you might see them.
Sacha Alexis Lichine
While we heartily encourage people to drink rosé year round, our consumption definitely goes up in spring. The arrival of new rosé wines is a highlight of the season and there may be no better place from which to find those wines than in Provence in southeastern France. Today’s wine offers a great example from this region.
The 2014 Caves D’Esclans Whispering Angel Cotes de Provence Rosé begins with a beautiful aroma full of strawberry, raspberry, a little watermelon, lemon and a touch of spice. Tasting the wine reveals a juicy, flavorful burst of summer. Citrus, lemon, strawberry, watermelon and raspberry flavors all combine with a wonderful spicy minerality to create a fabulously tasty wine. It ends crisp with all these delicious flavors lingering for a very long time.
Rosé wines are normally made from red wine grapes which have minimal contact with the grape skins and as a result their signature light red color. Interestingly this wine consists of 14% Rolle, the local name for Vermentino, which is a white wine grape. The result is a wine that is really almost between a white wine and a rosé and reminiscent of one of our favorites in this category, the Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare Rosé.