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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!
CÔTES DE PROVENCE ROSÉ
Chateau d’Esclans Rock Angel
How does a rosé elude boundaries between being a superb aperitif rosé and a fine wine that enjoys the versatility of being successfully paired with a broad range of fine cuisine? Château d’esclans Rock Angel… the highly eligible wine, if you serve it they will come.
“What a stunner it is. A refined refreshing rosé.”
Will Lyons (The Wall Street Journal)
“Ripe and elegant with depth and rich texture”
Anthony Dias Blue (The Tasting Panel)
“A pure and unadorned style”
The Wine Spectator
“Beautifully balanced, lovely satin texture. Hugely appetising. A complex mouthful.”
“It sure does Rock! The Whisperer in a leather jacket”
“Good depth of flavor from the zest and red berry fruits”
Roger Voss (Wine Enthusiast)
“Fully textured palate and more than expected”