Soupe de Poissons accompanied by Côtes de Provence Les Clans
Just over a week since the lovely Easter Weekend and a simple yet delicious lunch on the Saturday.
Soupe de Poissons with Rouille accompanied by a bottle of Côtes de Provence Les Clans which took me back to delicious dinners in Port Grimaud, La Napoule and Nice to name three memories of visits to the South of France. It felt as if Spring really was in the air….
Here is the full entry for Ch. d’Esclans (Côtes de Provence) from the latest (12th) Edition of Wine behind the label.
Ch. d’Esclans (Côtes de Provence)
Owned since 2006 by the Lichine family this operation perhaps more than any other in the region has proven the tremendous potential for world class rosé in Provence. Output has grown considerably in recent years rising from just over 10,000 cases a year to around 225,000 cases now. The economically priced Whispering Angel is a significant part of the winery’s volume. Among the estate grown wines, the Rock Angel offers impressive quality at the price. Coming from Grenache it offers subtle red fruits, a hint of citrus and an underlying minerality with a fresh backbone. Les Clans is also dominated by Grenache with a hint of Rolle. There is impressive intensity although it is a lot more expensive than the Rock Angel and more complex. The top wine Garrus is a benchmark for Provence. It comes from vines close to 100 years old and this greatly adds to the wines complexity. Restrained strawberry fruit is underpinned by a herb spice quality as well as an edgy minerality. Completing three wines under the Château d’Esclans Collection with Garrus and Les Clans is Château d’Esclans (£E). A soft approachable well priced further label is The Palm (£C). (DM)
Côtes de Provence Garrus ★★★★✩ £G
Côtes de Provence Les Clans ★★★★ £F
Côtes de Provence Rock Angel ★★★✩ £D
Côtes de Provence Whispering Angel ★★★ £C
If you wish to discover more wines from Provence you can buy the digital edition here.