Chateau D’Esclans Celebrates 10th Anniversary Under Owner Sacha Lichine

Company’s Whispering Angel is now one of the most widely consumed rosés around

The château is known for its old Grenache vines whose grapes have a greater concentration of flavor than younger vines. 

Chateau d’Esclans, the leading French rosé producer, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016 under the leadership of current owner Sacha Lichine.

The Cotes de Provence based winery produces Whispering Angel, Rock Angel, Les Clans and Garrus wines, the most exclusive rosé wines ranging in price from $22 to $100. Its Whispering Angels rosé has risen from 10,000 cases in the United States in 2006 to more than 100,000 cases in 2016.

After purchasing Chateau d’Esclans in 2006, Lichine immediately set out to change the perception of blush wines as overly sweet. Lichine was born into winemaking as the son of acclaimed Bordeaux winemaker Alexis Lichine. He invested in vinification technology and recruited expert oenologist Patrick Léon. The result was a new selection of pink wines, from light to complex luxury rosés.

Whispering Angel grapes are grown in the La Motte en Provence region consisting primarily of Grenache, Rolle, and Cinsault. The wine also incorporates Syrah and Mourvedre grapes. The rosé is characterized by hints of grapefruit and peach with a fresh and clean finish.

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