Château d'Esclans | Provence
Château d’Esclans is located on an exceptional elevated site near the Gorges de Pennafort, twenty five kilometres northwest of the ancient Roman city of Frejus on the Mediterranean coast. Although the estate has history that dates back to the 12th Century, it is only in recent times that Château d'Esclans has become known for producing some of the best rosé wines in existence.
It has been owned and run by Bordeaux native Sacha Lichine (formerly of Château Lascombes) since 2006 and along with the late Patrick Léon (formally the Managing Director of Mouton Rothschild), Sacha set out to craft a world-class brand that aims to produce the greatest rosé on the planet.
The estate has 108 acres of vineyards with the primary grape grown on the property being Grenache followed by Vermentino (Rolle). Other grapes include Cinsault, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Tibouren. The château is known for its old Grenache vines (some as old as 90 years) which produce grapes of tremendous concentration and flavour.
Patrick Léon's son, Bertrand, has now taken on the winemaking duties at the estate and will carry on his father's remarkable legacy of crafting the finest rosé wines in the world.