Wine uncorked; Whispering Angel Rosé, Château D’Esclans, Provence.

”In the Esclans valley, angels whisper. If you drink this wine, you might hear them. If you visit us, you might see them…” Sacha Lichine

Now, that’s a promise and a half! This is Provence after all with stunning scenery, wine and food, so I’m willing to take the chance…

 

Whispering Angel is the name of the ‘cuvée’, which means ‘a particular wine in a range’. The range in question here belongs to the rather fabulous Château D’Esclans in Provence and Whispering Angel, their best selling cuvée, has become incredibly famous of late, with some big names seen sipping it.

Côtes de Provence is the ‘appellation’ within the region of Provence and having this written on the label means that the wine has been made according to strict regulations. It is also a guarantee of quality, which in the rosé wine category, is no bad thing!

 

Rosé wines come in myriad colours and styles from the almost fluorescent, sickly sweet to the pale, elegant and dry. It’s often hard to know what you’re getting with rosé, but pink wine from the Côtes de Provence is always a safe bet for a go-to version of the latter.

Grapes & Style

 

Côtes de Provence Rosé: the classical ballet wine style

Think of it like this: If rosé wines are like styles of dance, Côtes de Provence is classical ballet: pale and elegant, ballet-shoe pink and satin soft, with a weight and complexity that belies its looks. This ain’t no 80’s disco rosé.

What does this one taste like?

Typical of a Côtes de Provence Rosé, Whispering Angel is made from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah with a touch of Vermentino and Carignan. It’s pale, but also weighty and silky, with notes of ripe, white peach and fresh, local herbs. There’s also a slight saline tang and subtle licorice flavour on the finish. It’s a stunning wine. No wonder it has become so famous!

What do you eat with it?

Whispering Angel is a step up from the norm in terms of quality and complexity. This means it can take a wide range of dishes, though it is still light enough to have alone. Some great food matches for this would include seafood and fish, both grilled or pan fried, poultry and pork – generally, lighter, white meats and salads.