Rosé fans rejoice! Whispering Angel has a posh big sister and she's only €40 6 months ago

Rosé fans rejoice! Whispering Angel has a posh big sister and she's only €40

How did we not know about this before?

In 2018, 'pink wine' became the biggest drinks trend in the world thanks in no small part to the phenomenon that is Whispering Angel. Made in France, the delicately-hued rosé was a smash success that was adored by both critics and consumers alike.

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The in-demand wine reached our shores later that same year and was a sell-out sensation until more regular supply lines were thankfully established. That led to 2019 being pretty much a summer of rosé. It's pretty much the perfect drink for when the sun is shining.

But did you know that Whispering Angel has a sister?

Rock Angel is also produced by the Château d’Esclans’ estate in Provence. This sister wine to Whispering Angel is packaged in a similarly elegant way, with a silver seal on the bottle and beautifully rendered wing on the label.

Though both rosé's look similar in colour, the tasting notes describe Rock Angel as having a "more complex and structured taste profile" than Whispering Angel. The makers say that this places Rock Angel in "a more premium realm" with a recommended selling price or €40, compared to €25 for Whispering Angel.

Rock Angel is described as being "food driven", and experts say that it can be successfully paired with everything from pasta dishes to sushi.

She sounds perfect for giving as a gift – or for making Saturday nights in lockdown feel a little bit more special.

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Located in the Esclans Valley in Provence, the Château d’Esclans’ estate spans 267 hectares. It primarily grows Grenache and Vermentino grapes across several different soil types, which the wine makers credit for their wines' complexity.

As well as the two Angel varieties, they also produce three more rosé options: The Château d’Esclans (€44), Les Clans (€71) and Garrus (€120). Let's call them cousins?

The entire portfolio has been secured for distribution in Ireland by Edward Dillon, and all five wines are available from O'Briens, selected Dunnes Stores and Avoca as well as Molloys, Jus de Vine, La Touche Wines, Mitchell & Son, Nolans, Higgins, 64 Wines, Morton & Sons, The Corkscrew, Cheers Take Home, D SIX Wines, Redmonds, Deveneys, On The Grapevine, The Wine Centre Kilkenny, Bradleys Cork,  World Wide Wines Waterford and the Celtic Whiskey Store.

Always drink responsibly.

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