Get ready to Rock out the Rose

So imagine – it’s a sunny summer’s day and you’ve happily spent the afternoon sipping Sacha Lichine’s delicious Whispering Angel rose by the pool. You’ve a gaggle of guests arriving for dinner and whilst you love them very much, the Garrus is staying firmly locked in the cellar for at least 5 more years... so what to do? The answer is simple: it’s time to uncork the Rock Angel. At our comprehensive tasting of the line-up earlier this year, we were agreed that for immediate consumption the Rock Angel was the star of the show, especially for those looking for something with a little more... oomph.

Whilst the Whispering Angel brings all the joy and vibrancy we’ve come to expect from Provence rose, the Rock Angel takes things up a notch. Rock Angel is produced completely from the domaine’s vines; it’s a classically-styled, ultra-pale pink example of Provence rose, just more densely fruited and with a greater weight and richer texture in the mouth, thanks to partial fermentation in large oak barrels. Essentially it’s a more food-friendly, grown-up version of the Whispering Angel we’ve all come to love so much.

Matthew Jukes, one of the first major wine writers in the UK to discover the phenomenal wines of Chateau d’Esclans, has not yet published a review of the 2016 but his thoughts on the 2014 were comprehensive: “Rock Angel is basically the Whisperer in a leather jacket astride a Triumph Speed Triple.  The trademark freshness and crunch is there but this is a foodier version of Whispering Angel therefore you can expect more palate weight.”

So if you've enjoyed Whispering Angel before, maybe it's time to Rock out the Rock Angel and see what the fuss is about!

  • Price: £175.00 per case
  • Pack Size: 12 x 0.75L
  • Status: IB
  • Quantity: 3 Cs
  • ETA: Early Summer 2017
Buy it!

Tasting Notes and Scores

BI
92

“A pale, barely-there pink, with a pure, youthful nose that is both fresh yet intense on the palate. Citrus-rinsed redcurrant fruits from both Grenache and Rolle, with no noticeable oak, although it is aged partially in 600 litre barrels.”

- Jane Anson, Decanter

Previous Recommendations

Get ready to Rock out the Rose
Rock Angel Rose from Esclans
Latour 2005 Ex-Chateau
"a spectacular effort" 98pts RP
BI BARGAIN: Clos L’Eglise 2006
One of the last vintages of a fine estate
NEW RELEASE: Pol Roger 2008
"Admirably long. Really exciting." 18/20 JR
NEW: Single Cask 1979 Rum
Exclusive Bottling Only at BI
BARGAIN BURGUNDY 2015
Outstanding Bourgogne Rouge from Leroy
NEW: Imperial Gran Reserva 2010
"A very good vintage for this bottling."
Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage 2010
"the best buy in the Northern Rhone"
DON'T MISS! Jadot Clos Vougeot 2015
"a Clos Vougeot that will go the distance"
TOP TIP: Guigal La Doriane 2015
Under 1200 cases produced in 2015!
Bollinger La Grande Annee 2007
"One of the three best from this vintage"
Krug Grande Cuvee
The Latest Innovation from Krug
BARGAIN RHONE: Vieux Donjon 2015
"the top of the heap" JD
Latour 2007 Ex-Chateau
"a fine Latour" (NM)
Best Buy: Haut-Brion 1999
"style only Haut-Brion appears capable" RP
NAPA LEGEND Clos du Val 2013
"a real head turner" AG
Clarendelle Blanc 2015 (Haut-Brion)
Without doubt the bargain of the vintage!
Casa Castillo Pie Franco 2010 – 95 Pts
"world-class wines from Spain" LG
Exclusive Hine 1986 Vintage Cognac
Released for H.M. The Queen’s 90th
Drouin 2000 Early Landed Calvados
A dangerously delicious piece of history
NEW Vin de Constance 2012
The Very Pinnacle of South Africa
Latour 2000 & Forts 2009 (2016 Release)
"truly great wines" JS
Cambon La Pelouse 2000
"equivalent to many classified growths" RP