The Royal Gazette – What to expect in 2014 – By Michael Robinson Grape Expectations

Even though we stock more than 1,000 wines I am asked on a quite regular basis if we have anything new, and the truth is that I am very excited about our recent discoveries, and also old friends, that all should arrive before the end of this month.
Some are here as I write, but some are not, so maybe I should control my enthusiasm, but why not let you in on a few secrets?
Good Rosé is one of our world’s fastest growing wine categories with a 13 percent increase over the past few years. France, where the population drinks more Rosé than White, leads the way with 26 percent of the overall total sales and 40 percent of this come from Provence.

When Sacha Lichine bought Chateau D’Esclans in Provence his goal was to make the best Rosé of them all, and as I read what critics said last year I would say that he has achieved his target.
In reviewing Chateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel, Matthew Jukes MW wrote: “Silky smooth, haunting wild berry fruit notes, I would wager you could drink it from midday to midnight without a care in the world.”
The Wine Enthusiast rated it 93/100 and said: “a powerful, wood aged Rosé that shows great richness, density and structure.”
Our only problem with this wine is that for the last three years the winery has run out as demand is so great, and even though I thought that we had ordered sufficiently we also have been out by summer’s end.
This year I believe that we have the solution, as I met with Sacha in October and very large stocks of his new vintage are just going into our warehouse today. We are also introducing for the first time, Whispering Angel, in half bottles and magnums. They should all be available in our shops next week. view original article