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Grape Variety Grenache, Cinsault & Vermintino

Appellation Cotes de Provence

Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé 2016

Rosé Wine - Chateau d'Esclans

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EDDIE MCDOUGALL'S TASTING NOTES:

Arguably one of the most famous Rosés, Whispering Angel is a true OG in the game. The 2016 vintage sees their Rosé prowess upped with complex structure, combining savoury notes with citrus, wild berries, pretty florals, and interesting herbaceous flavours. The excellent supple textures are complemented by a mouthwatering minerality that is crisp and clean.

WHAT THE TEAM HAS TO SAY:

Born from a magical estate in the heart of Provence, Whispering Angel is fast becoming one of the world's best known rosés. This vintage shows complex aromas with flinty wild herbs and florals. Delicate, clean and well balanced with great acidity, structure and fruit balance. The all encompassing mouthfeel, with flavours of wild berries and cherries, show once again the consistency behind this pillar of the rosé world.

TASTING NOTES:

The colour is a very pale pink. Lively crisp nose showing, strawberry and peach fruit, with just a hint of supple creaminess. The palate is soft & round with strawberries, lavendar and minerals with a dry, clean finish. Beautiful, elegant and seductive rose.

HISTORY:

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. 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.

Château d’Esclans lies in the center of the Department of the Var, where the majority of Provence AOC rosé is produced. The land was occupied as long as 2500 years ago when it was probably used as a lookout point for intruders sailing into the Gulf of Frejus. The original château—of which now only the cellar remains—dates back to before the 12th century. In 1201, Gérard De Villeneuve, part of a wealthy family from Marseille, took ownership of the château and the majority of the surface area of the Vallée d’Esclans that would eventually be sold off in lots. Two brothers, Sauver Louis Ranque and Francois Alexandre Ranque, were the next to own the château, known then as Terre d’Esclans.

In 1875, they sold the property to Joseph Toussaint Caussemille, who manufactured wooden matches near Marseilles. In 1955, the Perraud family owned the property until 1994. At that time, it was purchased by a Swedish pension fund that produced a small amount of wine and the remaining grapes were sold to neighboring winemakers. Sacha Lichine aquired Château d’Esclans in 2006. Today there are 108 acres (44 ha) of vineyards. The total proprety has 659 acres (267 ha).

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.

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