These two wines have been flying off the shelves of the wine store in which I work. So I thought there must be something to these wines. There is.
From the Sable de Camargue IGP in Languedoc-Roussilon, the 2018 Listel Grains de Gris Rosé is an amazing bargain at $11.90 per bottle. The varieties are an even blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The colour is light onion skin. Aromas and flavours are medium minus intensity of flowers, pineapple and grapefruit. It is a dry wine with vibrant acidity, light body but with a very nice juicy, acidic finish. You might notice that the bottle is quite a bit emptier than the other one. My wife and I enjoyed it with our barbecue chicken dinner with a salad of greens and radishes from our very own garden.
The 2018 Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé is just terrific. At $26.90 per bottle it is well worth the splurge. It is largely made from Grenache with Cinsault, Rolle, and small amounts of Syrah and Tibouren. This AOP Côtes de Provence has a medium rose petal colour. The aromas and flavours are a bit more complex and integrated. Medium intensity of aromatic spices, rose petal, lemon peel, raspberry and peach. This dry wine has crisp acidity and a wonderful mouthfeel. Although medium bodied it has a terrific structure and balance with a fruity and acidic finish. The structure is a result of using both free run and pressed juice plus batônage twice weekly during fermentation. Yummo.
HI folks. Turns out the Whispering Angel Rosé is considered the world’s favourite Rosé. I can’t say I dispute that