FINANCIAL TIME- The best pink wine producers

By Andrew Jefford
Château d’Esclans
Sacha Lichine grows and vinifies his rosé with as much care as a Médoc classed growth. His blends are, for Provence, iconoclastic, in that they mingle up to 30 per cent of the white variety Rolle with Grenache rather than using Cinsault, generally the preferred lead grape. Best to my mind is Château d’Esclans itself: both the outstanding 2007 and the promising 2008 are complex, mouthfilling wines in which strawberry cream and peach notes are filled out with white blossom, and the deftly drawn palate fruits are given an almondy texture and length (£17.63 at Goedhuis, tel: +44 (0)20 7793 7900; £229.42 by the case at Bordeaux Index, tel: +44 (0)20 7269 0703). There are two still more expensive cuvées: Les Clans, based on selected fruit (Goedhuis has magnums of the 2007 at £77.94 each), and the old-vine Garrus. In the US, contact Paul Chevalier of Shaw-Ross International (tel: +1 305 794 6180).