Chateau d’Esclans is located on an exceptional site, on elevated land near the Gorges de Pennafort, twenty five kilometers northwest of the ancient Roman city of Frejus on the Mediterranean coast. The first traces of the chateau’s site date back to the times of the Gauls during which its location served as a lookout point to spot intruders coming by boat into the Gulf of Frejus. The chateau’s cellar structure or foundation (known today as the oldest in the region) housed an original Chateau that was given by the Comte de Provence to Gerard De Villeneuve, in 1201. The current chateau, inspired by Tuscan Villa design, was built during the mid 19th century.
The primary grape grown on the property is Grenache followed by Vermentino. Other grapes include Cinsault, Merlot, Mourvedre, Syrah, and Tibouren. The chateau is known for its old Grenache vines which produce grapes that offer greater concentration of flavor than do the younger vines. The land was occupied as long as 2500 years ago when it was probably used as a lookout point for intruders sailing into the Gulf of Frejus. The original chateau, of which now only the cellar remains, dates back to before the 12th century.
Sacha Lichine aquired Chateau d’Esclans in 2006. Today there are 345 acres (140 ha) of vineyards. The total property has 1,055 acres (427 ha).
Chateau d’Esclans’ rose portfolio pioneered the Premium Rose category back in 2006 and Whispering Angel is the world’s #1 rose brand, distributed in 108 countries, it dominates the rose category with class and panache, endorsed by celebrities.
Chateau d’Esclans is the vision of Sacha Lichine, who grew up in Bordeaux and Burgundy, and who was born in one of the wine world’s most prominent family: Sacha Lichine’s father was nicknamed “The Pope of Wine”.
Born in Bordeaux and educated in America, Sacha Lichine has worked in every aspect of the wine industry from production to final sale. He began working at his family’s former property, Chateau Prieure Lichine and Chateau Lascombes during the summers of his youth from working the vines to dressing and selling the final product in the estate’s retail shop.
A pivotal moment for Sacha was his 2006 acquisition of Chateau d’Esclans in Provence. In keeping with his uncanny sense of innovation, Sacha felt that Rose had strong developmental opportunities to become more serious from a production standpoint in addition to being served and consumed more broadly. The result to this foresight energized by an abiding passion for making and promoting great wine, has resulted in building a world class branded range including Whispering Angel.