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15/02/2016 07:25 GMT | Updated 15/02/2017 05:12 GMT

Wine of the Week: Caves d'Esclans, Whispering Angel Provence Rosé

Caves d'Esclans, Whispering Angel Provence Rosé

Chateau d'Esclans has rather taken the world of rosé wine by storm, their superb portfolio of wines from the sun-kissed vineyards of Provence starting modestly at under £10 per bottle, but their most ambitious top of the range cuvée selling for upwards of £70 per bottle - now that's quite something for a rosé wine!

Quality throughout really is terrific, not least in Whispering Angel, probably their most popular wine and a stunner year after year. Indeed, each Christmas I publish my 'Wines of the Year', in which I name just one favourite wine from a whole year's drinking in seven different categories. Last year the Rosé category was scooped by the 2014 vintage of Whispering Angel, and I have to say this 2015 is every bit as good.

It's a delicate, shimmering, but personality-packed pink with grapefruit and hints of peachiness against riveting acidity in a super-fresh, gastronomic but deliciously quaffable style, and it really is a Provence benchmark. Watch the video for food matching ideas and much more information.

Interestingly, this wine is on offer at time of writing 'en primeur' - you can buy a case now for £98, pay the VAT and duty when it is delivered before Easter, and the equivalent bottle price will be £12.89. That's a healthy saving on the £14.95 it will cost when it goes on sale by the normal channel in a couple of months.

£98 per dozen (£12.89 equivalent duty paid) FromVineyardsDirect.com

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