Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé 2016
A few weeks ago I remember visiting a local wine shop and happened across an end cap display for this rosé that I have heard so much about over the last 2 or 3 years. Seems like everywhere I would go, or when I heard someone ask what rosé they liked best, the name "Whispering Angel" seemed to always pop up.
Now I like rosé, which was evident in my blog "Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel Rosé La Dame Rousse 2016." There are many different rosés produced in probably as many different styles. They are a great accompaniment to lighter food such as seafood, shellfish and when you want an "almost" red wine to go with your dinner. I'm thinking like an outdoor bar-b-q or just a nice picnic.
My fading memory once again allowed me to forget the wine and it wasn't until two days ago that I remembered that I wanted to do a "Wine of the Week" blog on this wine. Let me tell you, I think I had to run around half of the town to finally find it. The wine salespersons almost unanimously confirmed what I had heard, this stuff flies off the shelves.
What intrigues me about a phenomenon like that is "Is it really that good?"
Unlike most of my blogs for Wine of the Week, this time I didn't try the wine and then write the blog. I am actually sitting at my computer as I write this with a glass of this rosé at my side, ready to SSSS (by now you know that stands for swirl, smell, sip and swallow). Good or bad, the next minute will tell the story.
Excuse me for a minute as I partake.
Wow! From that light pink hue comes the aromas of light cherry and a hint of mango. The palate is also a light red fruit character combined with a tinge of stone fruit minerality. Just the way I like 'em. From the Cotes de Provence region and consisting primarily of Grenache, Vermentino and Cinsault, the Chateau has produced a real winner. If you do a little searching, like I had to find the wine, you should manage to come across it right about $18, not a bad price for such a wonderful wine.
I'm extremely glad I like it so much as I am planning on preparing an Ahi Tuna Tower with a Halibut ceviche moat. Get it? Tower Moat....
If you're a fan of rosés, give this delicious one a try.