(2022) The 'nude' bit refers to the wine being stripped down in terms of packaging, bottled in 100% recycled glass, stoppered with local cork and finished with a paper collar instead of a tin capsule. It is also organic and vegan-friendly. It's a Côtes de Provence rosé made from Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Rolle. Aromatically it has a little bubblegum/cherry lips florality, and a peachy undertone. In the mouth there's a clever tension between sweet and ripe berries, pear and peach again, and a tugging mineral and citrus acid core. It has a pleasing, rounded mouthfeel and good length in a stylish package.
(2022) Mostly Grenache with Syrah, fruit comes from vineyards at 300-400m altitude, planted on clay and limestone soils. Pale and pretty in colour, there's an aromatic quality to this, a hint of passion fruit and small, sweet red berries. Punchy on the palate, plenty of zing and verve between raspberry fruit and its fine line of acidity. At time of review £5.50 discount to £11.99 on one of Majestic's scarcely realistic 'mix six' deals, oy by the bottle in Scotland. That price is good value - £17.49 less so.
(2021) Slightly deeper in colour than the Cuvée l’Excellence, do you want to know the cepage? OK, deep breath: Grenache 40%, Cinsault 20%, Syrah 15%, Tibouren 10%, Mourvèdre 5%, Cabernet-Sauvignon 3%, Carignan 3% and Rolle (a white variety) 3%. Fresh and red-berried on the nose, there is that hint of passion fruit, but more on strawberry pulp and lightly grassy raspberry too. The palate is creamy and summer pudding-like, with plenty of sweet berries and cream, though the grapefruity tang of the acidity is nicely placed here, cleansing and elongating the finish.
(2021) Pale peach in colour, this 2020 wine very youthful with some pear drop character that will subside, a little cherry note and soft red berry fruits. On the palate Whispering Angel's trademark combination of elegant, cool precision with very easy-going, open and attractive fruitiness. Nicely textured, the raspberry fruit and edge of acidity is ripe but bone dry, and there's a hint of stony minerality adding to the sophistication of the finish.
(2020) Another stylish bottle for this blend of Syrah, Grenache and a little of the white variety, Rolle. Pale in colour, and an intense nose of lime peel, small red fruits and something quite mineral and concentrated, maybe melon skins. In the mouth again there is an impressive level of fruit concentration here, more intense and powerful than many Provence rosés, but it does not lack clarity or finesse, or fresh acidity. Very good. Price and stockist quoted at time of review is for the previous vintage.
(2020) The very minimalist packaging of this Provence rosé is explained by the eco-conscious brand behind it: made by Château Pigoudet, like all Sea Change wines each bottle purchased results in a donation to marine conservation charities to fight plastic pollution. No plastics are used, the bottle coming without a capsule, its label made from plant cellulose. The wine is suitably pale in colour and has a very vibrant, and very appealing nose, with plenty of zestiness but also a vivacious fruit salad character with juicy mango and peach to the fore. In the mouth there's a touch of confectionary tutti-frutti character, but that juicy peach dominates and the balance really is very good, a crisp citrus freshness leaving the finish dry and moreish. The price drops to £13.99 for a mix of six Sea Change wines.
(2019) The latest incarnation of a regular favourite and one that, in the opinion of d'Esclans founder, Sacha Lichine, is the best ever made. Sadly, it is also the last made by celebrated winemaker Patrick Léon who died in December (Patrick was winemaker at Mouton Rothschild before creating Whispering Angel in 2006). A blend of Grenache, Rolle and Cinsault, is the colour a touch deeper than usual? It certainly has bags of fruit in the aroma, not only tangy citrus peel but small red berries and a delicate more floral and rose-hip perfume. In the mouth it is bone-dry, with precision to the fruit and a sense of both substance and finesse. Watch the video for more information.
(2018) A Côtes de Provence rosé from certified organic vineyards, this is the kosher version of this wine, a pale, peach-tinged wines made from a whole bunch of varieties: Cinsault, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carignan, Tibouren and Mourvèdre. Perfumed nose with a touch of watermelon and pomegranate, the palate is cool and precise, very dry, and whilst I'd wish for just a touch more fruitiness to offset the acidity, a very elegant wine. Stockist quoted is not necessarily for the kosher version of this wine.
(2017) A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, this Côtes de Provence pink is certified organic and has a pale peachy-pink colour. On the nose it has delightful fragrance: small red berries like redcurrants and a touch of downy peach skins, with the mineral hint of sea breezes. In the mouth it is both concentrated and elegant, certainly plenty of sweet and ripe fruit to fill the mouth, but that clarity of the acidity, that saline hint, all giving lovely gastronomic appeal too, finishing bone dry with plenty of verve and tang.
(2017) Year after year in my 'Wines of the Year' feature here on wine-pages, this iconic Côtes de Provence rosé picks up plaudits. The blend is mainly Grenache, Rolle (Vermentino) and Cinsault, and it's a prime example of the pale, delicate, lacework style of Provence rosé. Abundantly fresh and zippy, there's a blush of softer peach and strawberry, but it's the shimmering core of mineral and light lemon acidity that drives this to a delicious, dry finish. Until end February 2017 this wine is available for £110 per case of 12 in-bond, for delivery in April. Duty and VAT will then be payable, bringing the total per bottle price to £13.49 - a saving of around £3.50 per bottle on the retail price once released. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.