Chateau d'Esclans Les Clans Rosé 2020 - First UK Release
£45.00 per bottle
Grape varieties from the best quality old vines consisting primarily of Grenache, Vermentino and Syrah. Barrel fermentation has resulted in a beautiful wine with strawberry, cherry and subtle citrus flavours.
"Great wines like Les Clans, from a top estate in Château d’Esclans (see best buy), with exacting winemaking including barrel fermentation and maturation, smack more of a grand white burgundy domaine than a pink producer and, unlike others, can age gracefully."
Jane MacQuitty , The Times 29.04.2022
2020 review - Matthew Jukes 19/20 Drink now to 2024
"It has been fascinating watching Les Clans find its rightful place in the small but perfectly formed pantheon on truly great rosé wines. For the first few vintages of this wine’s release, it had to put up with being Garrus’s less interesting and slightly lighter sibling. But while Garrus received all of the accolades and some perfect scores (from me!), Les Clans never complained. More recently, I have documented in detail Les Clans own character slowing forming and, in the last few vintages, blossoming into a vital individual in this tremendous estate’s portfolio. Last year’s 2019 was a triumphant wine, sultry, sexy, detailed, sophisticated, alluring, forward-drinking and yet blessed with every bit as much glamour and couture as its more structured and more age-worthy, headline-grabbing stablemate, Garrus. In 2020, Les Clans went one step further. It has now introduced even more depth of flavour and length on the finish. You will no doubt be familiar with just how incredible Whispering Angel and Rock Angel are in 2020. Les Clans takes Rock Angel’s impact and bravado and then elevates this impressive delivery of flavour to an otherworldly level of excitement. This wine is near perfect in its perfume and also its palate complexity but it is the approachability, given its breeding, which makes this the most astounding Les Clans to date."
19/20 (Drink now to 2024)
"It is always such a joy to taste the new Esclans releases 2019 Les Clans is a masterclass in balance and poise. Château d’Esclans wrote the rulebook on crafting statuesque rosé wines and while all others have floundered around for a decade or more, over-oaking, over-macerating, over-blending and generally making all of the mistakes imaginable, this imperious property nailed the recipe first time around and has been fine-tuning ever since. The investment in winemaking equipment here would make both an accountant and a bank manager faint, but the vision and determination of owner Sacha Lichine have paid handsome dividends and more now that Whispering Angel is not a lone figure on the international circuit but a veritable heavenly chorus. It is clear to me, having tasted legions of 2019 rosés that this is a brilliant vintage and therefore great wines must be expected to step up. Les Clans is always built with exacting precision and so it is hard to imagine where improvements can be made! That said, I am of the mind that this is the finest release of this celestial wine to date and the superb silkiness is but one of its extraordinary attributes. Les Clans is sometimes guilty of being a little shy on the nose, but this 2019 is positively forward as it rushes from the glass to greet you. In terms of the balance, this is a full-framed wine but it seems effortlessly graceful, too. We have come to expect greatness from this label and this is what 2019 Les Clans dutifully rewards you with. While other estates strive to make wines with this level of gravitas most fall well short of the mark. Château d’Esclans will one day have true rivals, but for now, if you have the choice and also the budget to spend, then this is the wine that you will want in your glass."
“Full body plus loads of flavor and richness. Intense and flavorful. Has a long, long finish”
94/100 James Suckling
“Juicy and complex on the palate, it has a serious, pure, dry finish”
Will Lyons (The Wall Street Journal)
“This powerful wine expresses the more complex side of Provence rosé”
Roger Voss (Wine Enthusiast)
“A suave creamy feel echoes throughout. Very flattering”
The Wine Spectator
“Slightly oaken, taught and youthful”
The Drinks Business
“It’s really great that rosé has this kind of wine in the category – something to aspire to”
“Great elegance and length that shows both florality and firmness”