Provence


Mirabeau Pure Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016, France (£12.99 Mirabeau Direct, Waitrose, CellarVie Wines, Ocado) Juicy, fresh style, ever-so-slightly confected cranberry & peach aromas, but nicely textured and dry with an almost salty/sandy edge to the cooked apple and raspberry flavours. B+ Mirabeau Etoile Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016, France […]

Provence Rosé – not just for summer



Taste The Difference Bordeaux Rosé 2016, France (£7 Sainsbury’s) Not the most complex of wines, but the juicy red berry flavours and crisp, lightly tangy finish are quite appealing. B- Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016, France (~£17.50 see wine-searcher for stockists) Subtle, slinky pink, slightly peachy […]

Three French rosés



Château d’Esclans Garrus Côtes de Provence Rosé 2014, France (£70-£80 check Wine-Searcher for stockists) Delicate but persistent style, shows the slightly salty tang, along with touches of spice, smoky oak and vanilla to start with but these fade with time allowing the peachy but precise flavours tinged with herbs to […]

A selection of wines from Château d’Esclans in Provence


Château des Sarrins Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013, France (£15.99 Bibendum, TheDrinkShop.com) A previous bottle of this was extremely awkward and pongy, like it was having a really bad hair day (see here). This one – tasted just a fortnight later – was better. There’s still a light sulphury whiff […]

Three Rosés from Provence, Chile & Portugal


The final two of the quartet of rosés from Château d’Esclans in Provence (the first is labelled ‘Caves d’Esclans’ as there’s some bought-in grapes in the blend). For reviews of the estate’s top two wines, click Here and Here. Caves d’Esclans ‘Whispering Angel’ Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013, France (~£16 […]

Two Provence Rosés from Château d’Esclans