A magical estate in the heart of Provence
WHISPERING ANGEL | ROCK ANGEL | GARRUS | LES CLANS
Château d’Esclans, a magical property best known for Whispering Angel, is situated in the heart of Provence, northeast of St. Tropez overlooking the Esclans Valley with the Mediterranean coast in the faint distance. The vision of Sacha Lichine with his acquisition of the Château in 2006 was to create the greatest rosés in the world igniting the “Rosé Renaissance”.
The evening will be tutored by Ronan Lieugard, UK Brand Ambassador and former Northcote Sommelier, showcasing the range of outstanding rosé wines including Garrus, often referred to as one of the best rosés in the world. At this very special event, wines have been chosen to perfectly complement Lisa’s exclusive 4 course menu of exquisite dishes.
Thurs 14 September, 2023
7.00 for 7.30pm
The Louis Roederer Room at Northcote
£150.00 per person
Includes matched wines, Belu Water and service
Online booking closes 24 hours before the event. Please call 01254 240555 for late availability.
Please note seating may be at shared tables of up to 12 guests.
About Chateau d’Esclans
Château 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 château’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 château’s cellar structure or foundation (known today as the oldest in the region) housed an original Château that was given by the Comte de Provence to Gérard De Villeneuve, in 1201. The current château, inspired by Tuscan Villa design, was built during the mid 19th century.
Château d’Esclans lies in the center of the Department of the Var, where the majority of Provence AOC rosé is produced. 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 château—of which now only the cellar remains—dates back to before the 12th century. In 1201, Gérard De Villeneuve, part of a wealthy family from Marseille, took ownership of the château and the majority of the surface area of the Vallée d’Esclans that would eventually be sold off in lots. Two brothers, Sauveur Louis Ranque and François Alexandre Ranque, were the next to own the château, known then as Terre d’Esclans.
In 1875, they sold the property to Joseph Toussaint Caussemille, who manufactured wooden matches near Marseilles. In 1955, the Perraud family owned the property until 1994. At that time, it was purchased by a Swedish pension fund that produced a small amount of wine and the remaining grapes were sold to neighboring winemakers. Sacha Lichine aquired Château d’Esclans in 2006. Today there are 345 acres (140 ha) of vineyards. The total property has 1,055 acres (427 ha).
The primary grape grown on the property is Grenache followed by Vermentino. Other grapes include Cinsault, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Tibouren. The château is known for its old Grenache vines which produce grapes that offer greater concentration of flavor than do the younger vines. As the elevation to where the lots are situated increases, so do the age of the vines. At the highest elevated lot vines are as old as 90 years.