Château d'Esclans Garrus Rosé 2020 - Members' Offer
£159.95 per bottle
"Extremely perfumed with dried peaches, passionfruit and some mineral elements. Ever so subtle. Full-bodied, yet so tight andfocused, with a really long and vertical texture offine tannins and beautifulfruit, as well as bright acidity. Drink or hold."
"Off white in colour, and initially more of a white wine with bruised peaches, whitefruit and gently toasted sesame, herbs and oak. On the palate, the oak dominates, but with luscious red fruit, creamy white peaches and a little white pepper. The oak is well integrated, and the ripefruitfinishes with a pleasing touch ofsalinity. The ultimate classic and traditional oaked rosé made in a Burgundian style and originally created by late winemaker Patrick Léon. Drinking Window 2021 — 2030 Elizabeth Gabay."
Previous vintage 2019 review-
"Garrus is always awesome and, every so often, it is completely unpredictable. The 2019s from Château d’Esclans are sublime and Garrus ought to be the most obviously masculine and imposing in the portfolio but, strangely, I felt that the perfume and the initial attack was positively gentle and come-hither in its composure and allure. So, I did what any right-minded person would do and relaxed into another sip. I then realised that I had been tricked! Garrus is as structured and proud as ever and yet it is sporting a kindly disguise to lull you into a false sense of security. Many will drink this wine too early, fooled by the glossiness and initial enchantment on offer. But they will soon realise that this wine’s finish is firm and unyielding, pointing to a long and graceful life – as long as you have the patience. This is a sensational vintage for Garrus and I rate it as highly as the epic 2015 and that means that this is a perfect 20/20 in my notes. Nothing comes close in 2019 (apart from its sibling, Les Clans) and I have tasted hundreds of bottles. The difference between this wine and the 2015 is that the ’15 was very obviously statuesque with amazing flanks and bold musculature. By contrast, this 2019 is subtle, brooding, complex and intricately perfumed. The nose is cool and soothing and the palate is a veritable iceberg of power and equilibrium and while we can only sense the scale of grandeur of this wine, the signposts on the surface are already devastatingly attractive. You simply must buy and keep this wine for at least twelve months before you pop a cork!"
20+/20 Drink 2021 – 2027
Garrus from chateau d'Esclans was first produced in 2006 and has already received praise from some of the World's most respected wine critics (see below). Grape variety includes Grenache and Rolle. It is a very complex wine and has distinct strawberry, apple and lemon flavours with a long finish.
“Greatest Rosé ever”
98/100 James Suckling
“I sense that Garrus will, one day, be mentioned in the same breath as wines like La Tâche, Latour, Vieilles Vignes Françaises and Le Montrachet”
20/20 Matthew Jukes
“This is as fine a rosé as you will ever find”
Jonathan Ray (The Spectactor)
“Best rosé in the world? I’m impressed!”
Jancis Robinson (Master of Wine)
“I was blown away”
Tom Stevenson (Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia)
“Achieving cult status”
Anthony Dias Blue (Patterson’s Tasting Panel Magazine)
“This full-bodied wine pushes the concept of rosé to its limits”
Roger Voss (Wine Enthusiast)
“Taking rosé to a level it has never been before”
Richard Nalley (Forbes Magazine)
“Sacha Lichine has cracked it”
Serena Sutcliffe (Master of Wine)
“Refined, tight and almost white”
“A gorgeous rosé”
“This estate in the Côtes de Provence produces dazzling rosés”
Robert Parker (The Wine Advocate)