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Chateau D’Esclans, Domaines Sacha Lichine (Provence, France)
Winemaker: Patrick Léon
After his father’s death, Sacha Alexis Lichine sold the family’s fourth-growth Bordeaux property, Prieuré-Lichine (previously known as Prieuré-Cantenac) in 1999. He spent several years in the Côtes de Provence, before settling on a property of some 267 hectares near the town of La Motte, graced with some 44 hectares under old, well-established vines (many up to 80 years of age). Sacha’s intent was never to make just another Provençal rosé. His objective was to produce the very best and most respected rosé in the world – a wine comparable in style and finesse to the great burgundies, but blessed with the freshness and vibrancy of Provence. He enlisted one of the great winemakers of our age, Patrick Léon, whose achievements include 23 yrs as head winemaker for the Mouton Rothschild group, making Opus One in California and the creation of Almaviva in Chile. Success? The world’s wine media think so. The Whispering Angel is a younger fresher style, while the higher cuvees are richer, fuller and boundless in depth. Do not take them lightly!
IN 2006, CHÂTEAU D’ESCLANS PRODUCED FOR THE FIRST TIME A FEW BARRELS OF ROSÉ FROM A VINEYARD OF 80-YEARS-OLD VINES ATOP A HILL IN PROVENCE. A NEW CHAPTER HAD BEGUN IN THE WORLD OF ROSÉ. - winery notes
"This estate in the Côtes de Provence produces dazzling rosés”
Robert Parker (The Wine Advocate)
“Best rosé in the world? I’m impressed!”
Jancis Robinson (Master of Wine)
“I was blown away”
Tom Stevenson (Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia)
“Achieving cult status”
Anthony Dias Blue (Patterson’s Tasting Panel Magazine)
“Takes rosé to a level it has never been before”
Richard Nalley (Forbes Magazine)
“Sacha Lichine has cracked it”
Serena Sutcliffe (Master of Wine)