Whispering Angel 2016
Whispering Angel is the Jewel in Château d’Esclans Crown. It was created to establish a range of Côtes de Provence rosés that would elevate the profile of the category and give it excitement and lifestyle appeal. The maturity of the grapes in this vintage, confirmed predictions of an exceptional 2016 year. Whispering Angel has now firmly established itself as Provence’s leading Rose with a reputation that spans all four corners of the planet. The stunning 2016 vintage of this exquisite Rose is the best Sacha Lichine & Patrick Leon have ever made.
"Whispering Angel is the world’s most famous rosé and it has an unenviable task set before it each year – to raise its own bar..." Matthew Jukes
"The vineyards used for this elite rosé are set in and around the heart of La Motte de Provence. Thankfully they are privy to cooling sea breezes and this phenomenon helped ameliorate the mid-morning summer heat. The resulting harvest of Grenache, Rolle and Cinsault, which took place throughout September, was near perfect. As always the trick with Whispering Angel is winemaker Patrick Léon and his son Bertrand’s incredible optical sorting disciplines and exceptional temperature control systems. The results are truly staggering. The colour is the palest coral pink. The texture is fast-becoming a d’Esclans hallmark – gossamer silk with magical slipperiness offset with tangy, citrus pink grapefruit notes and cool, river-stone minerality. This is a perfect Whispering Angel and it will appeal from the moment it is poured into your glass until the last sunset next summer. (drink now-2017)" 18/20 Matthew Jukes
"Roses the nose has a hint of smoke the start palate has raspberry and loganberry freshness. There is a richer feel to the mid palate wild strawberries and tangerines a mix of flavours interest. Bright at the back the fruit is fresh the finish has fragrant charm." Derek Smedley MW, 91 Points
"The maturity of the grapes, noted on arrival in the cellar, confirmed our predictions of making an exceptional vintage. Our Whispering Angel 2016 is testimony to this magnificent quality as we note here: The color is very pale, with slightly orange reflections & an expressive nose with an abundance of freshness. The mouth harmonizes with these senses in that we find the citrus without aggressiveness or acidity. The 2016 vintage of Whispering Angel is very balanced, smooth, round and supple, not heavy nor acidic but unusually fresh for a Rosé with plenty of minerality that leads to a fantastic finish." Patrick and Bertrand Leon, Winemakers