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!