France: Provence

Coastal Provence

Wines along the coast to Fréjus
By Elizabeth Gabay MW

This Guide was last updated on 15 January 2010
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Chateau-dEsclans
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Château d'Esclans

Address: Domaines Sacha Lichine, 4005 Route de Callas, 83920 La Motte
Tel: 04 94 60 40 40  Fax: 04 94 70 23 99
Email: chateaudesclans@sachalichine.com
Web: www.chateaudesclans.com
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:29:33N (43.49258)    Longitude: 6:33:0E (6.55004) 

Yet again, influences from elsewhere are contributing to the growth in differing wine styles in this region. Here, Sacha Lichine is using his knowledge of Burgundian winemaking to make what the estate is happy to claim is the best Provencal rosé. I went along prepared to disbelieve, but was extremely impressed. The rosés may not pass as typical Provencal offerings and with prices ranging from €16 up to €72 a bottle they certainly will not be bought as a casual tipple for drinking chilled on the beach – but for a wine with great style, and a lovely shade of pink, this is certainly an estate not to be missed by serious wine drinkers. Whispering Angels is ripe and fruity, Chateau d’Esclans is a seriously big rosé with creamy savoury fruit and long length. Les Clans 2006 was still very young when tried in November 2007 and when next tried in November 2008 was still a little closed. Le Garou, the top wine is also impressive – but when it comes to value for money I would be happy with Whispering Angels.

Useful information: Wines are generally available to taste in the wine shop where wines from all of Sacha Lichine’s estates are available as well as a good selection of whisky.

 

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