2020 D'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose

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Very pale apricot-pink color. Delicate aromas of sliced apple, pink grapefruit, peach, cream and stones follow through to a medium body and crisp acidity. Deliciously creamy and smooth. Drink and enjoy.

James Suckling | 92 JS
Brilliant peach skin. Red berries and pit fruits on the nose, and a floral nuance in the background. Silky and open-knit, showing good depth as well as energy to the red currant and nectarine flavors, which pick up a refreshingly bitter orange zest quality on the back half. Finishes long and juicy, with a repeating floral note and subtle grip. Don't hate on this wine just because it’s popular.

Vinous Media | 90 VM

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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.
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.
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.
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: Proprietary Blend is a general term used to indicate that a wine is comprised of multiple grape varietals which are either “proprietary” to the winery or is blended and does not meet the required maximum or minimum percentage of a particular varietal. This also is the case for the grape’s place of origin, especially for region, appellation or vineyard designated wines. There are endless examples of blended wines which are labeled as “Proprietary Blend” and in conjunction with each region’s stipulated wine laws and regulations makes for a vast blanket for wines to fall into. Perhaps the simplest example is California; if a wine is to be labeled as Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, it is required to have at least 75% of the varietal (Cabernet Sauvignon) and 85% of the fruit must be cultivated from the Napa Valley wine district. If the wine does not meet the requirements, it is then labeled as Proprietary Blend.

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