2019 D'Esclans Garrus Rose

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Wine Critic Reviews for 2019 D'Esclans Garrus Rose

This is really something for a rosé. Very powerful yet subtle aromas and flavors of dried strawberry, sliced lemon, mineral and a pinch of salt. Some fresh-herb undertones, such as sage. Hint of coconut. It’s full-bodied, yet so tight and compact with fantastic freshness and length. Goes on for minutes. Drink or hold.

James Suckling | 96 JS
Off white in colour, and initially more of a white wine with bruised peaches, white fruit and gently toasted sesame, herbs and oak. On the palate, the oak dominates, but with luscious red fruit, creamy white peaches and a little white pepper. The oak is well integrated, and the ripe fruit finishes with a pleasing touch of salinity. The ultimate classic and traditional oaked rosé made in a Burgundian style and originally created by late Bordeaux winemaker Patrick Léon. Drinking Window 2021 - 2030

Decanter | 94 DEC
A pale, coppery rosé, the 2019 Cotes de Provence Rose Garrus is largely old-vine Grenache with a splash of Rolle (Vermentino). Barrel-fermented and aged almost a year in a mix of new and used demi-muids, it's silkier and more refined in feel than the Les Clans, with the oak playing more in the background. It still hints at pencil shavings on the nose, paired with white peach, cantaloupe and citrus notes, and it is still full-bodied on the palate, but it's silky and fine, with a gentle underlay of stone dust and a long, lingering finish. It should drink well for a couple more summers.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 94 RP
This wine continues to follow its own path in interpreting rosé from Provence. Wood aged and ripe, it shows toast and spice as much as fruit, well integrated and with the possibility of aging further. Elegant while also powerfully rich, the wine demands food as a partner. Drink this unique wine from 2022.

Wine Enthusiast | 93 WE
A serious rosé, with a lush, focused texture showcasing peach puree, brioche, mango gelée and vanilla notes that are harmonious and elegant. Very engaging, with a lengthy finish.

Wine Spectator | 93 WS

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Vintage 2019
Color Rose
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Chateau D'Esclans: A magical event took place in the Esclans Valley of Provence in 2006, when Sacha Lichine purchased Chateau D’Esclans, transforming the property and the face of the rose wine market. What happened in the succeeding years would become a “Rose Renaissance.” A resurgence of the French pink wine would take the American wine market by storm, eliciting others to follow suit. Sacha Lichine, born in Bordeaux, was no stranger to winemaking at the time of his acquisition of Chateau D’Esclans. In his youth he began working at his family’s former estate, Chateau Prieure Lichine and Chateau Lascombes during the summers, learning every aspect of the wine industry from production to final sale. In his innovative nature, he felt that rose had strong developmental opportunities to become more serious from a production standpoint in addition to being served and consumed more broadly. Lichine’s foresight and passion for making and promoting great wine energized his desire to create a world class branded range of rose wines and in the process provided a strong contribution to unprecedented growth within the rose category. He invested heavily in viticulture and modern winemaking, even partially fermenting some lots in oak barrels. Chateau D’Esclans’ Garrus has become the world’s most renowned, prestigious rose wine, while his Whispering Angel, is the top-selling French rose in the United States. In addition to Garrus and Whispering Angel, other wines in the range include Chateau D’Eslcans Rose, Les Clans, Rock Angel and The Palm. The primary grape grown on the 140 hectares of vineyards is Grenache followed by Vermentino, Cinsault, Merlot, Mourvedre, Syrah and Tibouren. Much consideration and effort has been instituted into the harvesting, sorting, pressing and fermenting process that has led to the success of the D’Esclan wine range. Lichine and Chateau D’Esclans has certainly left a mark on the wine industry, proving that rose in not just a summer sipper, but can be enjoyed year round, all while revolutionizing the world of Provence Rose wines.
Rating 96 JS
Region Provence: There are few countries that could be decent rivals to France when it comes to wines. It seems that French winemakers simply can't go wrong when magically turning grapes into a spellbinding drink that makes all of us sigh in a state of total bliss. Provence is located in southeastern France and represents a meeting point for many cultures and people that each introduced at least one grape variety to the region. This is why today Provence is home to a large number of varieties and, therefore, a spectacular palette of most delicious wines, among which the most popular is probably rose. Every subregion and appellation have their own hallmark that makes them unique and recognized, although Mourvedre is the most commonly cultivated across the whole Provence. Many of them also plant Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah varieties, often used in blends with other, lesser-known grapes, such as Braquet. These varieties are usually cultivated by more traditional winemakers who want to keep the typical French notes instead of following the trends. As for the lovely, full-bodied white wines typical for Provence, they're mostly made of Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc and others. Wines like Miraval Cotes de Provence Rose and d'Esclans Cotes de Provence Whispering Angel Rose are perfect souvenirs to take home after a trip to this French wine region.
Type of Wine Rose: Rose wine is a versatile drink that involves letting the grape juice soak with the skins for several days, before being allowed to ferment properly. The resulting liquid achieves a beautiful color, ranging from a sweet honey orange to a playful purple hue, adding some color variety to your collection.
Varietal Proprietary Blend: There's a level of mystery and intrigue when it comes to drinking a wine for which you're not fully informed about, and if that sounds like a thrilling idea to you, then you're probably already interested in proprietary blends. While the concept doesn't have a legal definition, it is used to describe blends whose components aren't disclosed by the producer. In many cases, the wine tends to be a Bordeaux-inspired blend, but this isn't always the case.
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