Cotes de Provence, France
Wine Spectator 89 points! (on the 2018 vintage)
Chateau d'Esclans is located on an exceptional site, on elevated land near the Gorges de Pennafort, twenty-five kilometers northwest of the ancient Roman city of Frejus on the Mediterranean coast. The first traces of the chateau's site date back to Gaullist times during which its location served as a lookout point to spot intruders coming by boat into the Gulf of Frejus. Sacha Lichine acquired Chateau d'Esclans in 2006. Today there are 108 acres (44 ha) of vineyards. The total property has 659 acres (267 ha). The primary grape grown on the property is Grenache followed by Vermentino. Other grapes include Cinsault, Merlot, Mourvedre, Syrah, and Tibouren. The chateau is known for its old Grenache vines which produce grapes that offer greater concentration of flavor than do the younger vines. As the elevation to where the lots are situated increases, so does the age of the vines. At the highest elevated lot vines are as old as 90 years.
"Delicate, with a minerally undertone flanking the white cherry, peach and raspberry notes, interwoven with spice and herb details. Lingering finish. Grenache, Rolle, Syrah, Cinsault and Tibouren."-Wine Spectator 89 points! (on the 2018 vintage)
Enjoy Whispering Angel Rosé now and over the next 2-3 years as the perfect patio aperitif wine. It matches up beautifully with salade Nicoise, roast chicken, grilled shrimp and mild cheeses.