There is something about summer that whispers “sip rosé wine.” Why?
Well, Rosé is all about freshness and welcoming a new growing season. Dry Rosé wines are fantastic for many reasons. One being it’s a perfect wine to serve extremely chilled, bordering on icy cold, making it perfect for hot weather.
What many people don’t realize is that there is a serious French winery, Chateau d’Esclans, producing Whispering Angel Rosé. For us, one sip of this pale silvery pink wine and it was love at first taste. Cool, delicious and refreshing, the color is perfect for summer days.
Chateau d’Esclans is located in Cotes de Provence, France, in the center of the Department of the Var, about half an hour north of St. Tropez where the majority of Provence AOC rosé is produced.
The first traces of the chateau’s site date back to Gaullist times when it was probably used as a lookout point for intruders sailing into the Gulf of Frejus. The chateau’s cellar structure or foundation (known today as the oldest in the region) housed an original Chateau that was given by the Comte de Provence to Gérard De Villeneuve, in 1201. The current chateau, inspired by Tuscan Villa design, was built during the mid 19th century.
Today, winemaker Sacha Lichine, who aquired Château d’Esclans in 2006, is at the helm of this gorgeous
property which consists of 659 acres with 108 acres devoted to vineyards. Here, the primary grape grown
on the property is Grenache followed by Vermentino. Other grapes include Cinsault, Merlot, Mourvèdre,
Syrah, and Tibouren. The château 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 do the age of the vines. At the highest elevated lot vines are as old as 90 years.
This incredible Rosé, a blend of 73% Grenache, 9% Cinsault, 8.5% Syrah and 5.5% Mourvedre, was inspired
by two early 19th century cherubs which appear on the property’s Whispering Angel Chapel.
Beautiful, pale salmon in color, Whispering Angel offers a lovely summer fruit aromas of strawberry, blood
orange, red currant and rhubarb. The wine is clean and fresh with suave floral and mineral overtones. It is
an elegant, yet lively, wine displaying a sense of power behind the delicate and fresh flavors of crisp
strawberry, peaches and dried cherry. There are tangy citrus lip-smacking and red berry flavors followed
by a hint of licorice, cream and spice. This precise wine has a silky smooth texture that enhances the
haunting wild red berry nuances. Medium- to full-bodied, it has bright and lively acidity and it finishes
with tangy notes of dried mango, and strawberry fruit on a long juicy finish.
It’s been said that Whispering Angel is the new benchmark for Provence rosé. In fact, Jancis Robinson
declared it was, “the best pink wine to have come my way”.
It is one delicious wine with a structure on the palate that shows the red grapes base, firm texture
and fine dry finish. We love it for its fresh clean flavors. Rosé is all about freshness, so break out the ice bucket and chill down some Whispering Angel. The cold helps maintain theelectric zing so critical to the Rosé experience. This isn’t about depth, it’s about refreshment and relaxation.
At the table, this Rosé offers incredible pairing possibilities. While at home with Mediterranean
cuisine, it works perfectly with seafood, pizza, pasta, salads, grilled fish and even hamburgers.
Yes, its a perfect wine for sipping on summer days on the beach.
We found this wine at Circus Wines, 56 Newman Springs Rd. Red Bank NJ 07701