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COTES DE PROVENCE 2016 tasting Notes
Grapes grown from some of the most choice land in the surrounding region of La Motte en Provence, consisting primarily of Grenache, Rolle (Vermentino) and Cinsault.
Harvesting at sunrise to noon. Optical grape sorting.
In the glass, the Whispering Angel has a beautiful light colored pale pink rose and salmon hue to it. It packs beautiful perfume-esque fragrances of tropical summer fruit and strawberry.
The opening palate is bright, young, crisp and refreshing. There are big hints of ripe red raspberry, strawberry and apricot. Bits of mild citrus become more evident on the mid-palate, backed by additional red berry notes. The subtle citrus tart really adds some dimensionality to the wine, increasing complexity and also bringing out some clean mineral notes.
Approaching the close, the wine stays refreshing with a perfect balance of light strawberry and citrus fruit over a long finish.
Jonathan Ray (The Spectator UK)
“Chewy and mouthwatering”
“The Cool thing you have to drink» … also impressively good.”
Ray Isle (Food & Wine)
“Dense and rich with lovely texture”
Anthony Dias Blue (The Tasting Panel)
“Very clear and clean and will gain flavours during the year”
“You could drink it from mid-day to midnight”
“Loaded onto yachts on the Côte d’Azur and consumed in quantity by connoisseurs”
“More palate grabbing by far from the Provencal Pink norm”
Chateau D’Esclans, Domaines Sacha Lichine (Provence, France)
Winemaker: Patrick Léon
After his father’s death, Sacha Alexis Lichine sold the family’s fourth-growth Bordeaux property, Prieuré-Lichine (previously known as Prieuré-Cantenac) in 1999. He spent several years in the Côtes de Provence, before settling on a property of some 267 hectares near the town of La Motte, graced with some 44 hectares under old, well-established vines (many up to 80 years of age). Sacha’s intent was never to make just another Provençal rosé. His objective was to produce the very best and most respected rosé in the world – a wine comparable in style and finesse to the great burgundies, but blessed with the freshness and vibrancy of Provence. He enlisted one of the great winemakers of our age, Patrick Léon, whose achievements include 23 yrs as head winemaker for the Mouton Rothschild group, making Opus One in California and the creation of Almaviva in Chile. Success? The world’s wine media think so. The Whispering Angel is a younger fresher style, while the higher cuvees are richer, fuller and boundless in depth. Do not take them lightly!
AS A NEGOCIANT AND VINIFICATEUR (WINERY), CAVES D’ESCLANS IDENTIFIES VINEYARDS, GRAPES AND WINES FROM CHÂTEAU D’ESCLANS AS WELL AS LOCAL GROWERS TO MAKE WHAT HAS REPUTEDLY BECOME THE WORLD’S GREATEST ROSÉ. AS OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO OBTAIN THE BEST QUALITY GRAPES AND WINES, WE HAVE CREATED RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE LOCAL GRAPE GROWERS, COMMITTED BESIDE CAVES D’ESCLANS, WHOSE VINEYARDS ARE TREATED WITH THE SAME HIGH STANDARDS OF QUALITY AS ARE THE VINEYARDS OF CHÂTEAU D’ESCLANS. - winery notes