It may only be the second tier (after Garrus – reviewed HERE) in the quartet of rosés made by Château d’Esclans, but this is still first class wine.
Château d’Esclans ‘Les Clans’ Côtes de Provence Rosé 2012, France (~£35 Berkmann Wine Cellars, Bibendum, Bordeaux Index, Ellis of Richmond, Fine & Rare, www.fromvineyardsdirect.com, Goedhuis, Jeroboams)
Young vibrant style, more red berry to the fore than Garrus, with juicy peach flavours in there too alongside the classic herby/sandy character. There’s still a touch of vanilla from the oak aging, which adds to the wine’s presence and power (it’s 14% alcohol), but there’s enough crisp appley acidity to provide both balance and the potential to develop further in bottle. S+