Whispering Angel has acquired cult status. I’m not overstating this. During lockdown a great friend contacted me to say that his supply of it appeared to be in danger of drying up – and this was a big (first world) problem. Many have argued that this is the world’s best rosé; the benchmark from which all others should be judged. It is unarguably the best selling French wine in the USA. When it began in 2007 it sold fewer than a thousand bottles and within a decade sold over a million. They now produce 3.2 million bottles a year and sell wine in over 100 countries. Apparently their marketing budget to achieve this is £0 – if you can believe that! So again I ask – is it any good? Oh yes.
Tasting notes: Pale, petal pink colour. Fresh fruit and floral notes on the nose. Citrus notes on the palate. Dry, with crisp balanced acidity. The finish is long. Good intensity.
Wine Colour – Rosé
Price – £18.99
Where do I get it from? Waitrose (widely available)
Current Vintage – 2019
Producer – Château d’Esclans
Grapes – Cinsault, Grenache
Region/Country –Côtes de Provence, France
Verdict – Outstanding but pricey
Food Pairing: This wine should be drunk in the sunshine – very well chilled, no food needed.