Review: Château D’Esclans Rock Angel

BY Nadia Dubeau
June 24, 2016

June 24, 2016 Review: Château D’Esclans Rock Angel

BY Nadia Dubeau

Château D’Esclans is a small, quality-minded operation that was acquired by Sacha Lichine in 2006.  Sacha was born in Bordeaux, and has worked in many capacities in almost every area of the wine industry.  At 23, he was organizing luxury wine tours in France, and establishing his own business, selecting wines from the Rhone and Bordeaux.  At 27, he was running his family’s Margaux estate, Chateaux Prieuré-Lichine.  Since then, he has worn many different hats: as a sommelier in Boston, establishing several wine distributorships, and consistently working hard to improve the quality of French wines.  Working with him is consulting oenologist Patrick Léon – a man with unprecedented knowledge and experience, having worked with Baron Phillipe de Rothschild for 20 years (among other things).  The incredible combination of Sacha and Patrick have lead to the creation of some of the best wines in Provence.

Château D’Esclans Côtes de Provence AOC “Rock Angel” 2015

This is a serious rose!  Rich and complex, yet crisp and refreshing, this super-pale blend of Grenache, Rolle, and Tibouren is truly impressive.  Not a wine to be dismissed as “only for aperitifs”, it will pair incredibly with just about every aspect of your meal.  While showing a lovely bouquet of summer fruits, it is accented beautifully with notes of toasted almond, citrus rind, and an underlying band of minerality that binds the wine from start to finish.  It is drinking fabulously now, but if you forget a few bottles in your cellar for a few years, you will be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

The reviews for this wine are pretty impressive…!

“A pure and unadorned style”
The Wine Spectator

“It sure does Rock! The Whisperer in a leather jacket”
Matthew Jukes

“Fully textured palate and more than expected”
Steven Spurrier

“What a stunner it is. A refined refreshing rosé”
Will Lyons (The Wall Street Journal)

Photo credit: INFINIVIN