“Do you have another case of Esprit 2022 I could take off your hands, please? It’s terrific!” Richard E, May 2023 Provence rose at its very best, L'Esprit 2022 is just fab! Both fruity and crisp, but certainly not short on sophistication either, with notes of grapefruit, acacia blossom, donut peaches and pomegranate, a beautifully-balanced palate with cranberries and freeze dried raspberries too, and long, elegant finish. For those who don't take rose seriously, look this way!
Located in the foothills of the Massif des Maures, the stunning Grand Cros estate is like something out of a feelgood Romcom, with the old manor house and vineyards surrounded by pine trees, olive groves and dry stone terraces. Owned by the Faulkner family since 1989, they're a traditional family run outfit who bowled us over with their integrity and humble genius, foregoing the marketing bumph of some of their neighbours to produce honest and delicious wines. And we're not the only ones who think so, in 2015, Decanter magazine selected their 2014 rosé as best rosé in the world, as well as the range catching the attention of none other than the queen of vino herself, Jancis Robinson, who has included their wines in no less than 3 of her top 10 lists for the year.
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“Much riper and richer than other vintages of this wine. There's even a salted caramel fingerpint on those ripe, ripe strawberries and raspberries. A touch of sherry pie and strawberry sherbet. But it's dry and seems to have gained a stony depth that I haven't found on this cuvee before. This is really good. Best vintage so far. Drink 2023-2026.”Tamlyn Currin, Jancisrobinson.com
“My pick of the recently released quartet of Le Grand Cros wine is the heavenly L’Esprit. With melon and cool cucumber notes on the nose and an extra dimension of silkiness on the palate, this is the perfect soothing style of rosé with a clean, bright, herbal finish and no traces of astringency or obvious youth, slowing your attack down.”Matthew Jukes