Chateau d'Esclans 2019 Garrus

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Garrus is the pinnacle of the rosé wine production at Chateau d'Esclans. The wine is sourced from a parcel of 100 year old Grenache Noir vines with additions of Vermentino and Syrah. The wine is aged in 600L French oak barrels for 11 months with batonnage throughout.

It has been said that there is something Burgundian about Garrus, and we find it hard to disagree. There is a weight and creaminess to the palate, underpinned with fine, crystalline acidity. The aromatics are spicy, but there are notes of toasted nuts and the wild herbs of the garrigue. This wine goes way beyond the vast majority of the frivolous roses from Provence: a serious and gastronomic wine.

France | Provence | Chateau d'Esclans | Grenache Noir, Vermentino, Syrah | Drink 2021 - 2026

The Producer

Chateau d'Esclans

Chateau d'Esclans

Chateau d'Esclans is the brainchild of Sasha Lichine who has a mission to create the world's best rosés from his estate in Cotes de Provence, aided by one of the world's greatest winemakers, Patrick Leon, formerly the head winemaker at Chateau Mouton Rothschild. He has all the elements for producing great wines at his fingertips: old vines, favourable climate, technical expertise, but most importantly, the drive and passion craft exquisite wines.

The estate has 44 hectares of vineyards near the town of La Motte en Provence situated in the Gorges de Pennafort. This area is renowned for its elegant rosés, which, more often than not, surpass the quality of the white wines, and on rare exceptions, this wine included, can equal the great reds of the area.

Whispering Angel is a delicately scented wine which is almost unparalleled in the world of Rosé wines. It is made from the delicate balance of having old vines, state-of-the-art winemaking facilities and technical expertise.

The Region

Provence Wines


Provence is perhaps the most picturesque of France's wine regions with azure coasts and lavender fields. There has been a tsunami of rosé flooding our shores from this region, some of it of questionable quality, but in the majority the wines are extremely likeable and in some instances, outstanding.

We are particularly fond of Domaine des Mapliers for their sophisticated and gastronomic style, but who can forget Chateau d'Esclans for their Whispering Angel which is nothing short of a phenomenon. The very best examples in our opinion come from the world class estate of Domaine Tempier producing outstanding wines in all three colours.

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