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The first traces of Esclans Castle date back to the Roman Empire. It was then an observation post of the Gulf of Frejus, to prevent possible maritime invasions. Built-in the 19th century, the present castle has had many owners. It was first bought by the Ranque brothers, before belonging to Joseph Toussaint Caussemille in 1875, and passed to the Perraud family from 1955 to 1994. It was then owned by a Swedish pension fund before it's acquired by Sacha Lichine in 2006. This Bordeaux native (Château Prieuré-Lichine, in Margaux) creates a global brand and contributes significantly to the growth of rosé wines Côtes de Provence in the segment of luxury rosés, if not high level.
Grapes are selected from vines that grow from parcels of superior quality. The best quality lots bearing old vines consisting primarily of Grenache, Vermentino and Syrah. Harvesting at sunrise to noon. Optical grape sorting. Destemming and slight crushing at 7-8ºc to avoid oxidation. 90% free-run juice. 10% first slight pressing. No maceration. Alcoholic fermentation in new and second-year demi-muids (600 L barrels). 10 months Burgundian style «Bâtonnage» twice weekly. individual barrel temperature control.
Intense aromas of dried strawberries and peaches with chalk and stone follow through to a full body that's dense and powerful yet always fruity and vivid. Layers of flavors and intensity.
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