Whispering Angel is the ultimate rose wine to go festive all year round , a photo story for the diamond of the Esclans Valley

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Whispering Angel has reputedly become the world’s greatest rose , a wine that its consumption especially during summertime is impressive , still though a festive wine for all year round . Its story begun in 2006 when Sacha Lichine ,following his acquisition of Château d’Esclans , created the most legendary rose wine of nowadays. That meant to be the “Rosé Renaissance”. Sacha introduced new and innovative winemaking techniques to Provence which revolutionized the styles of rosés being produced from this region.

Château d’Esclans lies in the center of the Department of the Var, where the majority of Provence AOC rosé is produced. It is located on an exceptional site, on elevated land near the Gorges de Pennafort, twenty five kilometers northwest of the ancient Roman city of Frejus on the Mediterranean coast .

Chateau D’Esclans covered with snow

Chateau’s emblematic wine is the “star” rose of the world The Whispering Angel . Its colour is the typical Provencal , salmon rose . As you bring it close to your nose sensuous and delicate aromas emerge , from fresh citrus fruits such as pink grapefruit , to bouquet of flowers and jasmine petals ,to some herbal allusions (Levander , the characteristic herb of the Provence region ) and fresh red fruits . In the mouth you can taste the strawberries and a complex layer of a combination of fruits , such as fresh red berries and citrus , it is so refreshing and delicate , an harmonious combine rose dry wine . Grapes are grown in some of the most choice land in the surrounding region of La Motte en Provence, consisting primarily of Grenache, Cinsault, Rolle (Vermintino ), Syrah and Tibouren. Harvested between sunrise and noon with optical grape sorting. Let’s share an ode to the world’s legendary rose wine Whispering Angel !

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Dropkick Murphy’s ‘Rose Tatoo’

“In a rose tattoo

In a rose tattoo

I’ve got your name written here

In a rose tattoo “

Dropkick Murphy’s ‘Rose Tatoo’

In the Esclans Valley angels whisper. If you drink this wine, you might hear them… If you visit us, you might see the

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“But you are more than love,
the fiery kiss,
the heat of fire,
more than the wine of life;
you are
the community of man,
translucency,
chorus of discipline,
abundance of flowers.
I like on the table,
when we’re speaking,
the light of a bottle
of intelligent wine.”

Ode to Wine , Pablo Neruda

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“One should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.”
Charles Baudelaire

For me it’s a tradition to drink Whispering Angel on my birthday the past few years , it is on 23rd of June and it is the most suitable option for summer nights . But lately I have been enjoying it all year round . Why not try it for New Year’s Eve ?

Eleni Kadigkou

Some Backstage from the shooting

For more information you can visit Chateau’s website here and follow them on Instagram here

In Greece the Whispering Angel imported and distributed by Trinity wines , visit here and follow them on Instagram

You can order the wine online here .

Thank you for taking the time to read ! Let’s raise our glasses full of our favourite rose wine and wish for a bright New Year . Let’s hope that 2021 is going to be a year that gathering with friends and celebrate with them accompanied with fine wines won’t be a fictional scenario .

Happy New Year to all ! My very best wishes for you and your beloved ones !

Photographer : Panagiotis Kadigkos

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

Muses Estate is a Greek winery lying in the valley of the muses , a tribute to their wines and how one of them related to the myth of Ulysses and Polyphemus

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At the north-west of Athens, in the region of Viotia, lies the Valley of the Muses, formed on the slopes of Mount Helicon by the short course of the river Permissos on its way to the sea. In ancient times, the idyllic scenery of the valley was home of the 9 Muses, daughters of Zeus, and of Hesiod, one of the greatest poets of ancient Greece, who was born and wrote his works in ancient Askra, a city “rich in grapes” as it was called at that time, the modern Askri. This is the place where the vineyards of the Muses Estate lie.

Valley of Muses

On the slopes of Mount Helicon, grapevines find the perfect soil to grow, while the cold currents of air coming down from the mountain create the right mesoclimate for the production of wines with character and typicity .

The Winery established in 1946 by Nikolaos Zaharias , his son Mr Athanasios Zaharias entered the business and implemented innovations, currently run by its third generation Nikos, Stelios and Panayiotis . Nowadays it is a modern and updated one which stands to the expectations of the 21st century .

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All their vineyards located in the Valley of the Muses, an area ideal for vine growing . Nowadays the vineyards that are cultivated are more than 50 hectares. The climate is characterized by mild, wet winters and dry summers, with long periods of sunshine. The vineyards are located at an altitude between 450 and 520 m and have a slope between 5 and 10% . Under those factors that affect the mircro-climate of the vineyard and in combination with the management of the wine makers the varities they cultivate find their best expressions .Among them are the white varieties, Assyrtiko, Savatiano, Malagousia, Roditis, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Robola and Trebbiano , and the red, Mouhtaro , Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Grenache Rouge.

There is one though that it is extremely special for them ; the Greek variety Mouhtaro ,one of the rarest Greek red grape varieties, which is found exclusively in the Valley of the Muses . This is because this varietal still exists thanks to the efforts of Nicolaos and Athanasios Zaharias, who insisted on cultivating Mouhtaro vines when all the other growers were replacing it with better yielding varieties. In Muses Estate they have great trust in the potential of Mouhtaro and of the other indigenous grapes. Their focus will always be on these varieties because they believe that only they can reflect the climate and the soil of the Greek vineyard and the passion of the people producing quality Greek wine.

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​The interesting fact behind the variety of Mouhtaro is its relation to the epic of Homer Odyssey, it is said that the wine that Ulysses gave to the Polyphemus , one of the Cyclopes , must come from Mouhtaro .

Ulysses Giving Wine to Polyphemus ,John Flaxman ,Tate Britain

I will leave you links at the end of the article to learn more about the winery ,its heritage and winemaking .It’s Christmas time so let’s celebrate and enjoy their exceptional wines . Although I am a certified sommelier I avoided to write descriptions that include terms hard to understand for you . I used my other property as a photo-model and art director and set a festive photoshooting for Muses Estate wines .

The wines of the Muses Estate can easily find their way to your festive table , but nevertheless they are appropriate for all year round .

In case that you were looking for Christmas presents there are plenty of options the winery can offer . Their beautifully designed and crafted bottles in combination with the unique flavours and aromas of the wines it is the epitome for a festive gift .

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This year the Holidays may be different from the previous ones , but my wish for you is to be safe , healthy and spend them with those who truly matters for you ! And don’t forget to drink wines !

I would like to thank Muses Estate for the wines and especially Mr Stelios Zacharias .

You can visit their website here , follow them on Instagram here , and also Facebook here

A list I made for you with links to buy the wines online

  • Muses Estate A-muse 2019 ,(Dry, Still, Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Mouchtaro, Drink it now, 13% alc.) here
  • Muses Estate Mouchtaro 2018 (Dry, Still, Red, Mouchtaro, Keep for 2-3 years, 13% alc.) here
  • Muses Estate A-Muse Blanc 2019 (Dry White Wine Malagouzia ) here
  • Muses Estate Chrisolithos, white 2019 (White Dry 50% Chardonnay, 50% Malagousia ) here
  • Muses Estate 9 Red Blend (Red dry ,40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 20% Syrah) here
  • Muses Estate 9 White Blend (White Dry ,50% Assyrtiko, 30% Trebbiano, 20% Sauvignon Blanc ) here
  • Muses Estate 9 Rose Blend (Rose Dry ,80% Syrah, 20% Mouhtaro ) here

Merry Christmas ! Cheers to brighter days !

Photographer : Panagiotis Kadigkos

Eleni Kadigkou XX