Rock Angel’s fruit comes from the vineyards of Ch d’Esclans. This a complex Provençal rose, with a lovely intensity of bright summer fruits. It is a layered and textured wine, beautifully balanced, with a delicious brightness in the palate that lifts the spirits. Deservedly hailed as the best vintage yet of Rock Angel.
There is no doubt in my mind that this is the most serious and rewarding Rock Angel of all time and this, of course, includes the early years when it was called, simply, Château d’Esclans Rosé. Borrowing a small slice of fruit from Garrus, the mid-palate of this wine is more intense and more profound than ever before and this gives it its own, marvellously well-defined character and accompanying attitude. With so much more gravitas than its happy-go-lucky Angel stablemate, but a more immediately drinkable outlook than Les Clans and Garrus, this is the real deal for those in search of class and sophistication but without spending a fortune!
Due north of St. Tropez lies Ch d'Esclans, the paradise for rosé lovers. Bought andrefurbished in 2006 by Sacha Lichine, the former owner of Château Prieuré Lichine in Margaux, he recognised the potential of its old vines (60-80 years old) and its terroir. He realised that they were capable of producing far greater and more complex creations than the friendly quaffing wines that are largely produced in the region. His goal was to create the best rosés in the world. With the help of Patrick Léon, Mouton Rothschild's former cellar master, in the space of only 2 years,he has remained true to his word by creating exceptional rosés, arguably the best in the world. They are complex and concentrated yet remain elegant and refreshing. "Make no mistake, these are exceptional wines." (Matthew Jukes, The Financial Times) mes)
France's most extensive appellation, the Côtes de Provence stretches from Toulon in the west to near Cannes in the east. The vineyards run from the sun-baked Mediterranean coast up into the Alpine foothills with their cooling influence. Rose wine accounts for four fifths of Côtes de Provence production. Formerly a drink for holidays only, consumption of rose is on the rise in both France and the UK and and the wines are more and more serious. Typically Cinsaut and Grenache are the most popular grape varieties. There is also a renewed focus on producing higher quality red wine by incorporating Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah into the blends, although combined they can only represent 30% of the blend. Plantings of indigenous white varieties are also increasing especially in the coastal areas.