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Rock Angel is another iconic rosÃ© from Caves dâ€™Esclans, the estate that brought you Whispering Angel and the phenomenal Garrus. Stylistically, Rock Angel sits between those two great wines. Itâ€™s made by Bertrand LÃ©on, who took over from his father Patrick LÃ©on, the former winemaker at ChÃ¢teau Mouton Rothschild. The grapes come from old vines in La Motte en Provence, these are partly fermented in stainless steel and partly in oak barrels, the latter adding texture, body and great roundness. Tangy redcurrant and wild strawberry mingle with lemon cream, toasted almonds, refreshing pink grapefruit, nectarine and a pinch of black pepper. The additional weight and elegance make this a fabulous food wine, so drink it as an aperitif with nibbles, or alongside seafood, grilled artichokes, poached salmon or barbeques. However, just like the other wines from Caves dâ€™Esclans, all Rock Angel really needs is sunshine.
The history of the blue-shuttered and hydrangea-surrounded ChÃ¢teau dâ€™Esclans dates back to the 12th Century, but Sacha Lichine of the famous Bordeaux family revolutionised the estate in 2006 when he turned the focus on to premium rosÃ©. Now its monumental Provence rosÃ©s are household names and quite simply must-haves.