This review covers tasting notes and food pairings related to Chateau D’esclans Whispering Angel Rosé — our top pick for a summer Rosé. This review is also part of our value wine series. A series of articles aimed at exposing great tasting wines, like the Whispering Angel Rosé, that won’t break the bank.
Vintages: 2013, 2014, 2015
Best Rosé for Summer 2016 – The Whispering Angel Rosé
This dry Rosé is a refreshing and crisp summer treat, worthy of a boat appearance. Whispering Angel is crafted by Chateau D’esclans in Cotes de Provence, Rhone, France. It’s made from a carefully balanced blend of Grenache, Rolle, Cinsault, Syrah, and Mourvedre. Grapes are sourced from both Caves D’esclans vineyard, as well as from local growers who align with the style and quality the Vintner is looking for. Both 2014 and 2015 vintages of Whispering Angel can be found at Total Wine, Bevmo! and Wine.com (discounts available, click link to see coupon code at top of screen), among other retailers.
In the glass, the Whispering Angel has a beautiful light colored pale pink rose and salmon hue to it. It packs beautiful perfume-esque fragrances of tropical summer fruit and strawberry.
The opening palate is bright, young, crisp and refreshing. There are big hints of ripe red raspberry, strawberry and apricot. Bits of mild citrus become more evident on the mid-palate, backed by additional red berry notes. The subtle citrus tart really adds some dimensionality to the wine, increasing complexity and also bringing out some clean mineral notes.
Approaching the close, the wine stays refreshing with a perfect balance of light strawberry and citrus fruit over a long finish.
Whispering Angel Rosé Food Pairings
We LOVE this Rose alongside a big fillet of grilled Salmon. The color of the wine even matches the salmon — a perfect match! If salmon is too heavy for you, try it along with marinated shredded chicken with white rice, peas and grilled slices of carrots. Looking for a lighter fish instead of poultry? Try pan-seared grouper or snapper, or grilled red fish with blue cheese.
Images courtesy Chateau D’esclans – Caves D’esclans.