- Presentation of the winery
In the heart of the Var region, not too far from the city of Fréjus, lies the Château d’Esclans. Nowadays, only the cellar still remains, as a reminder of what the castle used to look like when it was built by the Comte de Provence Alphonse II, during the 12th century. In 1201, he granted the building and surrounding land to a man called Gérard de Villeneuve. After that, the Château d’Esclans would know many more owners, such as the families Ranque, Caussemille, Perraud and others.
Today, the Château is managed by Sacha Lichine, who bought it in 2006 but then sold it to the LVMH Group in 2019. Lichine has completely disrupted the rosé wine market, since he aims to make very high quality products and seeks to sell them all over the world. His dream? To produce the perfect rosé wine. His “Garrus” cuvée, for example, was the most expensive rosé wine in the world, when it was released.
The 74 hectares vineyard is the home of the certified Côtes de Provence appellation, and many grape vines here are more than 90 years old. Only luxury rosé wines come out of this estate, such as the famous Whispering Angel and Rock Angel. Thanks to Sacha’s commitment, work and skills (he also had some help from Patrick Léon, who collaborated with the Rothschild family for more than 30 years), the Château d’Esclans has now become one of the biggest names in Provence.