Château d'Esclans - Rock Angel - Rosé

91 points - The Wine Advocate
90 points - The Wine Advocate
Château d'Esclans - Rock Angel - Rosé - 2022 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Château d'Esclans - Rock Angel - Rosé

91 points - The Wine Advocate
90 points - The Wine Advocate
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A blend of Grenache and Cinsault, with small bits of Syrah and Rolle, this Cotes de Provence Rose Rock Angel sees a touch of barrel fermentation in 600-liter demi-muids, which has rounded off any edges and added a pinch of dried spices to the wine's mellow notes of cherries, white peach, melon and citrus. It's medium-bodied and generous on the palate, with noticeable mocha on the finish.
Rock Angel is rich and racy on the palate. The use of partial oak aging adds a creamy feel and texture to this wine, and the flinty minerality embues it with another layer of complexity.
Bottled just a week prior to my April visit, the 2021 Cotes de Provence Rose Rock Angel was still showing well. Scents of toasty oak and vanilla accent tangerine and peach on the nose, giving this medium-bodied rosé an almost creamsicle-like aspect. Generous, silky and long, it might be even better later this year.
Scents of toasty oak and vanilla accent tangerine and peach on the nose, giving this medium-bodied rosé an almost creamsicle-like aspect. Generous, silky and long.
Rock Angel is rich and racy on the palate. The use of partial oak aging adds a creamy feel and texture to this wine, and the flinty minerality embues it with another layer of complexity.
Type:
Rosé
Country:
France
Region:
Provence
Appellation:
Cotes De Provence
Producer:
Château d'Esclans
Grapes/Blend:
Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Rolle

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