2016 Château d'Esclans Côtes de Provence Garrus Château d'Esclans, Cotes de Provence, Provence, France
94 Josh Raynolds, Vinous (July 2018)
Light, bright orange. Smoke- and mineral-accented red berries, citrus fruits, vanilla and rose pastille on the highly expressive and expansive nose. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering deeply concentrated, velvety raspberry liqueur, tangerine and vanilla bean flavors that show superb clarity and powerful thrust. Rich yet almost shockingly lithe in character, delivering strong, mineral-driven finishing cut and a lingering suggestion of candied flowers. This wine really transcends the category of pink wine and it resembles a serious white Burgundy, perhaps a Meursault, in terms of body and texture.
93 Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate (June 2018)
The 70% Grenache for the 2016 Cotes de Provence Rose Garrus comes from the estate's oldest vines. It's barrel fermented with 30% Vermentino, resulting in a toasty, honeyed wine reminiscent of pink grapefruit. It's medium to full-bodied, round and ripe feeling, then finishes long, with echoes of pencil shavings, citrus and melon. It's a paradigm-shifting rosé, but one that resembles an excellent barrel-fermented white wine as much as anything else. I tasted a 2014 at the estate, which left me unconvinced about the cuvée's aging potential.