Whispering Angel has always been one of the most loved Rose in our stores, and this newly released vintage is no exception. It is now a global phenomenon and we struggle to keep it on our shelves. On Long Island, New York, Whispering Angel has become so entrenched that its referred to as Hampton's Water. Sometimes with wine, everyone can just taste the quality, and with Whispering Angel that is certainly true.
The rolling hills of southern Provence provide the backdrop for the picturesque Chateau d’Esclans. It’s the sort of place that begs you to sit on its sundrenched terrace with a glass of cool rosé. Nestled amongst the gnarled Grenache vines, the site and chateau were fully renovated in 2006 by new owner, Sacha Lichine. It is the old vines that really set this estate apart from its neighbours, with the higher elevated sections of the vineyards housing up to 90 year old vines, giving the wines a depth and structure that makes for some imaginative food pairing. Along with Grenache, small amounts of Rolle (Vermentino) and Cinsault are added to the mix. Consulting winemaker is Patrick Leon, a Bordeaux native with a hugely impressive CV including 20 years with Baron Philippe de Rothschild. Lightness of touch is important here; the grapes are hand-picked and very lightly crushed at low temperatures. The flagship wine, Whispering Angel, is aged in stainless steel and offers a supremely elegant, easy drinking style.
"In 2021 there is a wonderful backbone to this wine from which the fruit is carefully draped. With the trademark watermelon and pomegranate hints and a deeper and more structured mid-palate than was found on the lithe 2020 this is a more sophisticated wine than its crowd-pleasing predecessor. This, in turn, means that it is a foodier proposition, too, which is great news. So, my very first 2021 Provence Rosé is set to, once again, wow all-comers." Matthew Jukes