Pronounced, "Garroo", this is Chateau D’Esclan’s top cuvée and understandably so. The grapes are selected from fabulous 80 year old vines with Southerly and South Easterly exposure. Only free run juice is used, and the blend is Grenache with Rolle, both optimised by the ideal Provencal setting. Vinification is in demi-muids (600 litre barrels) for 10 months with Burgundian style battonage, temperature controlled throughout. This is a powerful, balanced wine with faint oak influences and good length. Superb with food. Expensive? Yes, it has to be tasted to appreciate the investment, care and vision which has gone into the making of this wine. Extremely limited availability.
This is a wonderful wine to try at different temperatures, not just exclusively cold. The aromas you will experience are complex and strong with a hint of vanilla. It is a wine to take your time over and discover new tastes and nuances all reflecting its amazing quality. Dry, yet fruity, it has a crisp minerality and a lovely long finish. A truly elegant wine. With virtually all food, this wine will go all the way through the meal. Alternatively, for a big impression, you could serve the Whispering Angel as the aperitif and along with the starters, climaxing with the main course being accompanied by Garrus. Wow!
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France, Provence, 2008. 750ml. 13.5% abv.