Wine of the week: a mind-blowing rosé

People go gaga for this sophisticated, amazing, Provençal rosé.

2018 Château d’Esclans, Les Clans, Côtes de Provence, France

£56.20, hedonism.co.uk; £44.95, finewinedirect.co.uk; £54.95, secretbottleshop.co.uk; £65.85, amazon.co.uk; £59.99, thewinereserve.co.uk; £54.95, slurp.co.uk.

The top-flight 2018 releases from Sacha Lichine’s temple to elite rosé have just arrived in the UK. While a few merchants stock my featured Les Clans, the pinnacle wine, Garrus, is available from just one! I have tasted every single wine from this estate since Sacha dared to dream that he could turn the wine world on its head fifteen years ago. 

As if to underline his success, a few months ago Bernard Arnault’s LVMH group bought a majority stake in this stellar brand. While the most famous Provence rosé on the planet is Esclans’ very own Whispering Angel, it is the two estate wines that I completely adore. 

Every single time I open these wines my guests go suitably gaga! They are so sophisticated it is amazing. Les Clans is simply stunning in 2018 with ethereal grenache flesh punctured by a spear of freshness, coming from the careful addition of the rolle grape. This high-tensile silver thread of cool minerality counterpoints the lusty red grape’s stunning virility. There are discreet peach and raspberry notes softening the flavour attack throughout, and these act as highlights in the performance. This is what mind-blowing rosé is all about. 

2018 Garrus (£94.95, finewinedirect.co.uk) is Les Clans with the volume knob turned up, ripped off and thrown over the garden hedge. Sensational, bombastic, imposing, impossibly grand and, for once, relatively forward.

Recommended

I wish I knew what contagion was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what contagion was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Most of us probably know what “contagion” is in a biological sense. But it also crops up in financial markets. Here's what it means.
21 Sep 2021
Why is the UK short of CO2 and what does it mean for you?
UK Economy

Why is the UK short of CO2 and what does it mean for you?

The UK is experiencing a carbon dioxide shortage that could lead to empty shelves in supermarkets. Saloni Sardana explains what’s going on and how it …
21 Sep 2021
What to invest in to beat soaring energy prices
Investment strategy

What to invest in to beat soaring energy prices

As gas and electricity prices hit the roof, John Stepek explains how to invest to offset higher energy bills.
21 Sep 2021
Are Spacs just for suckers?
Investment strategy

Are Spacs just for suckers?

This year has seen a big boom in activity by special purpose acquisition companies (Spacs) in the US and the Spac craze is spreading to other markets…
21 Sep 2021

Most Popular

The times may be changing, but don’t change how you invest
Small cap stocks

The times may be changing, but don’t change how you invest

We are living in strange times. But the basics of investing remain the same: buy fairly-priced stocks that can provide an income. And there are few be…
13 Sep 2021
Two shipping funds to buy for steady income
Investment trusts

Two shipping funds to buy for steady income

Returns from owning ships are volatile, but these two investment trusts are trying to make the sector less risky.
7 Sep 2021
How to stop recurring subscriptions becoming a drain on your money
Personal finance

How to stop recurring subscriptions becoming a drain on your money

Tracking and pruning subscriptions isn’t as easy as it sounds. Here's how to take charge.
14 Sep 2021