By Jane Faulkner
CHATEAU D’ESCLANS GARRUS ROSE 2008, $195
A ROSE at this price might seem absurd but it’s an extraordinary drink from the Cotes de Provence, highly regarded and sought after. It’s not every day I taste the world’s most expensive rose made from 80-year-old grenache plus rolle (vermentino) of the same age, so what’s it like? Utterly complex, textural, fragrant with exotic spice and floral notes offset by red plums and cherries with a hint of sweetness yet definitely a savoury, dry rose. The palate has so much texture it initially tastes like a chardonnay with oomph. Match to grilled scallops or lobster.
From Toorak Cellars, Armadale.