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brand story
Renowned winemaker and wine expert Sacha Lichine acquired Château d'Esclans in 2006 with the hope of creating the greatest rosés in the world. He felt rosé had strong developmental opportunities to become more serious from a production standpoint and deserved to be a wine category in its own right, worthy of being served and celebrated by wine lovers worldwide. His foresight, fueled by his lifelong passion for making and promoting fine wine, led to the creation of The Palm by Whispering Angel, Whispering Angel, Rock Angel, Château d'Esclans Estate Rosé, Les Clans, and the House’s prestige cuvée, Garrus.
Chateau d'Esclans Winery, Provence

Château d’Esclans is situated in the heart of Provence, northeast of St. Tropez and overlooking the Esclans Valley with the Mediterranean coast in the distance. The estate is known for its old Grenache vines. As the elevation to where the lots are situated increases, so do the ages of the vines. At the highest elevation, vines more than 90 years old are some of the oldest in the region and produce grapes that offer a greater concentration of flavor.

“Provence has what it takes to set the gold standard for rosé like Champagne did for sparkling wine.”

Sacha Lichine, President

Sacha Lichine
A legacy of winemakers

Born in Bordeaux, but raised and educated in America, Sacha Lichine has worked in every aspect of the wine business—from working the vines to selling bottles. The late Patrick Léon was his founding Consulting Oenologist, whose winemaking pedigree included Château d'Armailhac and Château Clerc Milon, as well as nearly two decades as Director of Château Mouton Rothschild.

His contribution to creating Château d’Esclans's range of rosés, based on Sacha's vision, established the foundation for the estate to ensure that quality has unfailingly been in the bottle throughout all vintages since the beginning. Today, Patrick's son, Bertrand Léon, Technical Director since 2011, continues this legacy with aspiring excellence.