2013 Garrus, Château d’Esclans, Domaines Sacha Lichine, Côtes de Provence, France (£105.00, for MoneyWeek readers only, Handford Wines tel. 020 7589 6113).
This wine had not quite arrived in the country at the time of writing, but Greg at Handford Wines informed me that the price will be around the £110.00 mark and he is happy to knock a fiver off for MoneyWeek wine lovers. It will pop up in Harrods and Hedonism Wines in due course, too. I have been lucky enough to taste every single release from this estate since Sacha Lichine started his spectacular rosé odyssey nearly a decade ago. I am happy to report that as every year passes d’Esclans manages to lead the field and raise the bar in the elite rosé category. I can report that 2013 Garrus is a near perfect wine – I have awarded it 19/20 in my notes! It costs a bomb but if you love serious, uncompromisingly awesome wines, why get hung up on the price tag. Garrus and its extended family of d’Esclans wines, which includes a remarkably competent everyday rosé called Whispering Angel, are the finest rosés on the planet. Garrus sits at the top of the portfolio and it comes from a block of 80 year old Grenache and Rolle vines. Only a handful of barrels are made each year and I urge you to taste this game-changer.