Every week, we select a wine that picked up either a Gold or Master from our competition series, and tell you why the judges loved it. Enter the Global Masters and this could be your wine.
Ahead of Grenache Day on Friday 20 September, we wanted to highlight yet another belter from our Rosé Masters competition this year.
Château d’Esclans has pioneered and perfected the art of barrel-fermented Provence rosé. Though this wine exhibits an intriguing creaminess that offers a point of difference to the unoaked styles more common in the region, the barriques themselves are temperature controlled, so the fresh red fruit flavours synonymous with Grenache are retained.
Patrick Schmitt MW, chair of the Global Wine Masters, thought the Rock Angel rosé was “a little more soft rock than punk,” thanks to its brief time in barriques, which gives the wine a rounded mouthfeel.
Overall, our judges were impressed by Rock Angel’s “creamy taste and texture, along with ripe fruit flavours of strawberry and peach, as well as its pure, crisp lemon zest edge.”
Please click here to see the results in full from this year’s Rosé Masters, and see below for more information on Rock Angel.
The wine: Château d’Esclans Rock Angel – Domaines Sacha Lichine
The source: Provence, France
The grape(s): Grenache (85%) and Rolle (15%)
The style: Dry, part barrel-fermented rosé
The winemaker: Bertrand Léon
The price: Approx £20-30
The medal: Master – The Global Rosé Masters, 2019
With high quality judges and a unique sampling process, the Global Wine Masters provides a chance for your wines to star, whether they hail from the great vineyards of Europe or lesser-known corners of the New World.
It’s a competition dedicated to making winners out of winemakers.